December 21, 2014 |
After five years, New Jersey's pilot red-light camera traffic program came to a quiet end. But the debate continues on whether the controversial experiment improved safety or was just a cash cow for municipalities that raked in millions from frustrated motorists. Six municipalities in Camden and Gloucester Counties installed cameras at nine intersections in South Jersey under the program, which began in 2009. The cameras nailed hundreds of thousands of motorists blowing through intersections when the light was red. At $85 each, the citations pulled in millions of dollars in fines for more than two dozen municipalities, which were allowed to keep the bulk of the money to add to their coffers.
November 4, 2014
THE BUREAU OF Administrative Adjudication. I always loved the sound of the name, if not the process. That's where you go to fight your parking tickets, and that's where I went last week with Brian Yan, a guy fighting for a principle. In August, I reported that Yan, 38, had pulled into a parking space in Center City and was ticketed before he could walk to the curb. He filed an appeal the day he was ticketed and received a response the same day, saying it had been received. A month later, he got a letter saying his appeal was rejected - he thought he had filed an intent to appeal - and that he must pay $36, or he could appeal again.
October 16, 2014 |
PAUL DiMAIO screamed and screamed into his phone. Maybe it was for a few minutes, maybe more. Time had lost all meaning. His panicked cries came out small and tinny on his wife's cellphone, lost among the unnerving sounds of a highway on Monday afternoon - the whooshing of passing motorists, and the wail of an approaching ambulance. Moments earlier, Lisa Taylor DiMaio had been chatting with her husband about their family. The conversation came to a sudden halt just before 4 p.m. when a black sedan cut in front of her Jeep Liberty on a southbound lane of I-95, not far from State Road.
August 24, 2014 |
A computer malfunction has saved about 17,000 motorists, including hundreds in four South Jersey towns, from getting $85 tickets for running red lights. The company that operates red-light cameras for 17 New Jersey towns, American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., has notified the state that a computer glitch occurred between May 28 and June 30 and resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations that had occurred earlier this year. Under state law, if a ticket is not served within 90 days, it must be dismissed.
April 29, 2014
CAMDEN COUNTY PATCO riders and motorists who use the Ben Franklin Bridge can talk to DRPA officials at three public meetings next month. The meetings are being held to provide more information about expected delays for both train commuters and motorists caused by a two-year, $103-million track construction project on the bridge. Those delays will increase on Friday, as single-tracking will last from 5:30 a.m. on Fridays until 4:30 a.m. on Mondays. Then, in early June, one track will be closed all day, every day, for 60 days.
March 28, 2014 |
Pennsylvania motorists, already facing higher prices at the gas pumps, will see some vehicle fees rise next week, courtesy of the transportation-funding law approved last year. Act 89, the transportation measure advocated by Gov. Corbett and narrowly approved by the legislature in November, will provide about $2.3 billion more a year by 2018 for better roads, safer bridges, and improved public transit. This year, the revenue will be about $350 million, but it will increase each year as taxes and fees rise.
March 27, 2014 |
A majority of New Jersey motorists continues to support the use of red-light cameras, but in declining numbers, a new survey by AAA shows. The poll of 1,000 motorists found 56 percent support use of the cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. That's down from 77 percent in 2007, before New Jersey allowed the use of such cameras, and down from 61 percent in 2011, as cameras were being used in 25 towns as part of a five-year pilot program. Some of the change in attitude may be attributed to their increased usage, as people who have been caught by red-light cameras are more likely to view them negatively, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jenny Robinson said.
December 2, 2013 |
The Burlington County Bridge Commission calls them "openings. " But to the hundreds of motorists stuck each time the deck of the Tacony-Palmyra or Burlington-Bristol Bridges rises, those random events are definitely closings. "My son has a doctor's appointment at 6 o'clock," said a frustrated William Lyou, stuck in an opening last week that had begun at 5:13 p.m. It was 5:32, peak rush hour. Traffic on Route 73 in New Jersey was backed up for nearly a mile, and vehicles on Robbins Street in Philadelphia were halted for blocks.
November 30, 2013
As the first Pennsylvania suburb prepares to install red-light cameras, Abington Township residents may well fear that their tax bills will take a big jump to pay for the program if not enough motorists flout the law. That's the dilemma posed by red-light camera enforcement programs, which require substantial sums upfront to cover the cost of installing and maintaining cameras, as well as the paperwork associated with issuing $100 tickets to motorists who...
November 20, 2013 |
The speed limit on Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive is 35 m.p.h., but the average speed of motorists is nearly 55. In an attempt to slow everybody down, the city has installed sensors in the roadway that determine the speed of vehicles approaching Fountain Green, about a half-mile north of the Girard Avenue Bridge. If a vehicle passes the sensor going above the speed limit, the light at Fountain Green turns red. Previously, the light turned red only if a car was waiting to turn onto Kelly Drive or a pedestrian pushed the crosswalk button.