Red light traffic cameras that photograph drivers who break the law when they run red lights could bring much-needed revenue to Point Pleasant while making our streets safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Such cameras are already being used in Brick, Staten Island and Arizona. Streets are safer and towns are realizing increased revenues during extremely difficult economic times. The cameras have repeatedly proved to be a win-win for municipalities.
Mayor Schroeder told Boro Independent that the cameras may be a good idea for Point Pleasant, stating, “I believe they are the BEST way to control local highways. They don’t except PBA cards and/or any excuses.”
The revenue generated from the traffic camera tickets could support the programs and personnel currently facing reductions or, in some cases, elimination.
Typically, when first installed, the cameras capture many locals running red lights. But, as residents get used to the cameras and enjoy the increase in safety, ticket recipients tend to be people who live elsewhere who are passing through or visiting the town. Additionally, a 30 or 60-day amnesty could be put in place to help acclimate drivers to the new traffic cameras.
Ultimately, it’s a win-win for towns because roads are made safer and revenues increase without having to increase manpower or hours worked. We urge Point Pleasant to continue exploring red light traffic camera installations…for our residents and for our municipal budget.