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Brick To Eliminate Red Light Cameras This Month

Citing a rise in accidents and resident complaint, Brick mayor cancels camera program

Photo: Daniel Nee
Photo: Daniel Nee
Making good on a campaign promise, Brick Mayor John Ducey announced Thursday that the township's red light enforcement cameras will be turned off Feb. 18 and dismantled in the days to follow, making the township the first municipality in New Jersey to eliminate its camera program.

The township's five-year contract with American Traffic Solutions ends Feb. 17 and Ducey said he chose not to renew the contract after speaking with residents during his campaign for mayor.

"It didn't matter whether or not they got tickets or didn't get tickets," said Ducey. "Either way, they weren't happy that we had red light cameras in town."

The cameras generate $85 tickets for those who run red lights or do not sufficiently stop before making right turns on red.

Ducey made the announcement alongside state Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-Monmouth), a fierce opponent of the state's red light camera pilot program, which expires next year. Both elected officials said evidence from Brick showed the cameras were more about generating revenue than promoting roadway safety.

The pair quoted accident statistics from the year before the cameras were installed compared with 2013, and in almost all cases, accidents – including right angle accidents, the most serious kind – were either not reduced or had risen.

Ducey said data showed that there were zero right angle accidents at the intersection of Brick Boulevard and Route 70 before the cameras were installed, and the number remained at zero once they were put into place. At Route 70 and Chambers Bridge Road, there were 35 total accidents and one right angle accident the year before the cameras were installed, but in the last year, they had risen to 36 with five right angle accidents.

At the township's first intersection to receive cameras – Brick Boulevard and Hooper Avenue – accidents rose to 28 total last year, including eight right angle accidents from 13 accidents and five right angle accidents the year before the cameras were installed.

O'Scanlon called the red light cameras a "scourge" on New Jersey motorists and said he planned to fight attempts to have a pilot program allowing the cameras evolve into a permanent allowance.

"It is a shame that, in the pursuit of the almighty dollar, officials in other towns have gone out of their way to avoid facing the truth: that these devices exist exclusively to enrich the companies that operate them and the municipalities that permit them to operate within their jurisdictions," said O'Scanlon. "They provide no safety benefit."

But while the cameras were seen as an inconvenience by many, they produced hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of revenue for the township each year since they were installed.

In 2011, they generated $502,060, in 2012 they generated $684,496 and in 2013 they generated $830,000.

Ducey said the revenue from the cameras would be made up as part of his larger plan to reduce township expenses. Thus far, he said, the township has saved money by eliminating the salaries and benefits of two employees – former Deputy Business Administrator Juan Bellu and former Tax Assessor Al Cerone – and there are more cost savings measures about to be put into place. Ducey did not elaborate on the future cost savings measures, pointing to his 100 day plan for the township.

"I will not balance the budget on punitive measures," said Ducey.

The mayor said since the contract with the camera provider is ending, there will be no penalties or termination fees associated with ending the program in Brick. The cameras, he said, will be turned off during the day Feb. 18 and the equipment will be removed by Feb. 24.

Should ATS not remove its equipment, he said, township crews will remove it and consider it abandoned property.
Not Sure February 07, 2014 at 12:22 AM
Great New! What are you crazy? Good luck driving around town now.
Glenn February 07, 2014 at 01:39 AM
Not sure, got a problem? You are one of those people that stop 5 car lengths behind the person in front of you, or worst yet, stop 3 car lengths behind the white line and don't trip the sensor. Move to Florida, they all drive like you.
Sue Resch February 07, 2014 at 05:17 AM
"I will not balance the budget on punitive measures," said Mayor Ducey. Great words from a great man. Congratulations on fulfilling a campaign promise!
Ryan Meyers February 07, 2014 at 05:44 AM
Moonie....gone silent ? Seems Bricks new Mayor is working "for" the people. Still early in his term, but appears to be a refreshing change !
Sean Conneamhe February 07, 2014 at 06:13 AM
"Good..."
john February 07, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Cool...now we can go back to running red lights and having major accidents and watch our taxes go up..
#BiteMe February 07, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Glad he is keeping this promise. I never wanted cameras up in first place. I will say one good thing about the cameras. They did stop the drivers from making LEFT turns in front of on coming traffic after the lights turned red. Nothing gets a driver more agitated then having to wait for 3 or 4 cars to keep turning in front of you after your light has changed to green and it's your turn to go. This was the big problem at both rt 70 and Chambersbridge and Brick Blvd and Chambersbridge. Wait and see. It will start again soon
Resident February 07, 2014 at 09:02 AM
I saw no problem with those lights. It made drivers conscious of slowing down and actually following the spirit of the yellow/red light. The ones complaining most likely got caught and had to pay a fine. I wonder if the same people will cheer when the town has to raise your taxes to make up for the loss in revenue?
Danny February 07, 2014 at 09:13 AM
For those who don't know, the problem with the cmaeras regarding right turn on red is that by NJ Law there is no legal time requirement for stopping at the light. All you are required to do is come to a complete stop. Any town that required three or more seconds was in violation of the law. If they required that time then it must be posted at either every entrance to town or at the lights themselves, otherwise they are and were just ripping off the public. And the Judge who found people quilty should of known and probably did that he was wrong finding people guilty.
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:30 AM
i say every one who has received a ticket from the onset of this money maker gets a refund!! no questions asked!
#BiteMe February 07, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Truthfully, I hated the idea of cameras in the beginning. The longer they were up, the more I started to like them. they really did make driving through those intersections better. I just don't like the idea of big brother and the sneaky way they did it with little warning signs hidden down the road. If they put up big warning signs and hung them on the light and on the approaches to the intersection, that would be better. Same with a timer that shows when light will change. Put up cameras at every red light or let people know thee may be a camera at every light and people would drive much better. Just don't be so sneaky about it.
Bricktown Lew February 07, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Great! Back to the Bricktucky 500, ya'll! Gentlemen start your engines and feel free to do dangerous things because no one is watching anymore! Green Light = go fast through intersection, red light = go extremely fast through intersection! 500 bonus points for rear ending car, 1,000 points for hitting pedestrian, and 10,000 points for killing a pedestrian. YEEEHAW!!!
Linda Maloney February 07, 2014 at 10:08 AM
This story was covered briefly on NJTV, 2-6-14. But what is more interesting is, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, said a former top official of Redflex, a red light camera company, is claiming that it was standard procedure for the company to provide lavish gifts and bribes to local officials, so they would use the cameras. He said that NJ was one of the states that he was part of bribing. O'Scanlon stated that thesis something that needs to be looked into!
Linda Maloney February 07, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Exuse my error, this is something.......
ChooChan February 07, 2014 at 10:50 AM
I guess all the people who run the lights are happy. You know the ones who laws do not apply to - the SPECIAL people. The Brick police never address this problem. Our friend was almost killed at one of these intersections b/c of a loser that went through a red light, that was already red on approach. We have called the police numerous times siting a major problem with this on Shorrock Street, guess what??? They just don't care. Someone ran a red light, and a cop was at the intersection (car 102). I honked, and the cop just shrugged his shoulders, like "what you want me to do?" Amazing all you posters who think this is a good move. Hope you don't get T-boned.
Andy Pat February 07, 2014 at 10:57 AM
I have not had a moving violation in over 20 years. I recently received a red light ticket for "rolling the red on a right turn". Reviewing the tape it was a hairline infraction. However, it was an infraction not worth trying to fight in court and take time off from work. The infraction was in early Dec. I received the ticket in the 2nd week of jan. A year previous i was caught in a speed trap in the southern border town of Florala, Alabama. I was pretty sure I was getting a ticket. The young officer returned and gave me a written warning. Bottom line, I feel like my hometown of 56 years unnecessarily extracted $85 from me while the small town cop in Alabama gave this Yankee a break. I never could stand Acropolis and this was his final insult to me. Hope we never hear from him again. Oh yeah, many have suggested that Steve got his cut from this deal. I would not doubt it.
Penn Cross February 07, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Very good. Thanks to the mayor. I hope the state bans them all together.
grace February 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM
actually @ bricktoen lew kentucky is lookin better every day!!!
Bricktown Lew February 07, 2014 at 02:35 PM
You got that right, Grace!! : )
Jim Aymar February 07, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Thank You Mayor Ducey....you are truly a breathe of fresh air. Please please please keep this type of goverment in Brick...Your honesty is so refreshing and I dare say the people of Brick will only benefit from it. Hopefully you be in charge for a long long time. Jim Aymar
Bricktown Lew February 07, 2014 at 02:40 PM
I'm surprised that no video game company has come down here to make a video game based on the reckless ways people drive down here. Especially now, with those cameras gone, we can really get some action going! Hmmm, I already have a name for the game: "Auto Assault MVA: Bricktucky Edition!
Victor February 07, 2014 at 07:57 PM
wow, a politician who kept his word. now there's something you don't see.
Brian February 07, 2014 at 09:04 PM
I got a ticket 1 time from a red light camera (not in Brick) but I was wrong. I made a right on red where the sign clearly said NO TURN ON RED. I'm happy Ducey kept a promise, it is very rare for a politician, democrat or republican, to actually come through on what they said they would. Otherwise, it makes absolutely no difference to me either way. Knock on wood, I have had no negative experiences down here with the cameras, and hopefully won't without them as well as anyone else. Safe travels and nice job Mayor Ducey
TuesdaySunshine February 08, 2014 at 06:50 AM
Thank you Mayor Ducey. From the timely snow plowing to finally getting rid of these awful cameras! Well done sir xox
Not So Dumb February 09, 2014 at 11:04 AM
This is one campaign promise I wish the mayor would have not kept. Behavior modification goes a long way to helping people obey the law and if cameras at red lights changes drivers bad habits then I'm all for it. What the mayor has done was sanction drivers going through red lights without fear of being caught and yes cause more accidents. Was it a money grab, I doubt it, did Brick take advantage of the funds we received I should hope so. Did the money help lower our real estate taxes, I should hope so. Did the money help police, EMS, Fire and ambulance and number of quality of life improvements, I hope so. Revive the camera's and put them at more intersections and you'll find out that Brick is doing their part to enforce driver safety. Here's a thought put camera's on all stop signs and stop the California Rolls through stop signs.
Bricktown Lew February 09, 2014 at 02:59 PM
On second thought, I'm glad they are gone! Who needs safety on the streets with the way people drive here and the huge chunk on money in our town budget? It's extremely safe and our town is already tremendously prosperous. I'm sold! ; )
Not So Dumb February 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I continue to think that some people just don't think before they comment here or any story. Yes, if you want to be sarcastic this is a [lace to do it. And, it tells me that you have no character. Now if you think it's funny great get yourself your 15 minutes of fame on the comedy channel. Yea you can hide behind the keyboard, but to tell you the truth you're not funny. Blaming others for your lack of responsibility and trying to understand you is like trying to smell the COLOR 9. I know I've used it before, but I that if you sit down and think about it maybe you'll understand. If we made 800K+ you can bet that most of those tickets are for NOT OBEYING THE LAW. So now we can say we will continue to disobey the law and do a "BRICKROLL" through red lights. And I will continue to slow down when I approach the traffic light.
Chris February 13, 2014 at 07:03 PM
I wish there was a camera at every intersection, even ones without lights. There are so many bad drivers out there, when i am behind someone and can see their eyes in their mirror clearly looking at a phone and the car is veering into other lanes or running lights completely, it makes me so mad. I was driving and got hit by a drunk driver and no one stopped to ask if we were okay, or provide a statement, if there was a camera there it would have been open and shut, instead of reliving the moment every time i was asked what happened by the police and lawyers. Just sayin stop whining things could be worse....Also if you didn't run red lights you shouldn't really care....don't blame empty businesses on red light cams
TuesdaySunshine February 15, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Thank You Mayor Ducey !
J.JONES February 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Did anyone notice that there is now 7 democrat seats on the council now so there is no one to argue right or wrong ..Its my way and end of story..

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