Assembly panel OKs local police radar use
Photo radar aimed at flagging speeders took a first step toward being allowed on county and local streets in New Jersey, after a vote Thursday by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Princeton, said the goal is to reduce fatal car crashes, not create a new funding source for cash-strapped towns. But he also noted Washington, D.C. has collected more than $100 million in camera-generated fines, including $100 from him.
"Police cannot be 24-7 at any individual location, but photo radar devices can be very successful," said Gusiciora, who said 16 cities in the country use it today. He noted cameras can reduce infractions without incurring salary and pension costs.
-- Gannett State Bureau