During Council comments at the regular meeting, Councilman Joseph Sangiovanni echoed some of the controversies surrounding red light cameras in the township, adding, "I agree with people saying how unfair they have been, and they got my attention, and they made their point ... I'm going to call for the red light cameras to be removed from Brick township sometime in their future," Sangiovanni said, to some applause from the crowd.
In questioning the cameras, Sangiovanni breaks with current mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, a Republican who has been an outspoken proponent of the cameras in the past.
The Councilman said that last year, Brick took in $1.1 million in revenue from the Red Light Camera Program, while paying out $640,800 in fees to the state and Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, who installed and monitors the cameras.
Last year, Brick Township was one of 21 New Jersey municipalities that was ordered to suspend the issuance of summonses from its red light enforcement cameras by the state Department of Transportation.
The state made the call based on video evidence provided by cameras placed at intersections, officials said.Brick Township is among 18 towns in the state where drivers are receiving settlements totaling about $4.2 million for tickets issued as the result of red light cameras. The settlement was approved last month, according to nj.com.