Thanks to the technological advancements of the last decade, it's virtually impossible to go anywhere in public without potentially being recorded by a sophisticated surveillance system or even a cell phone camera. As evidenced by the popularity of reality shows, internet news sites and viral videos, many people might not actually mind this as much as you might think. However, there is still one forum on which no one wants to be recorded under any circumstances: red light cameras.
These devices, which can be found in here in New York and in neighboring New Jersey, are the mortal enemy of countless motorists, clandestinely capturing them on film and then surprising them with a rather sizeable traffic violation in the mail.
From day one, the primary complaint against red light cameras has been that they weren't calibrated properly, such that people were being issued traffic tickets for seemingly legal traffic maneuvers.
Interestingly, American Traffic Solutions -- an Arizona-based company that runs the red light cameras systems in at least 18 New Jersey towns -- found itself in the crosshairs of a class action lawsuit alleging that the cameras were not designed to give motorists adequate time to stop.
In recent developments, American Traffic Solutions filed a preliminary settlement this week calling for the establishment of a $4.2 million fund to pay those plaintiffs who were ticketed anytime before August 2012 in any the 18 towns, and who paid an $85 ticket for allegedly running a red light.
It should be noted, however, that American Traffic Solutions does not admit to any liability in the proposed settlement and that it must first be approved by the presiding judge.
The towns included in the settlement are: Brick, Deptford, East Brunswick, East Windsor, Jersey City, Lawrence, Linden, Glassboro, Gloucester Township, Monroe, Palisades Park, Piscataway, Pohatcong, Rahway, Roselle Park, Union, Wayne and Woodbridge.
Stay tuned for more from our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...
If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
WLNY-TV, "Preliminary settlement reached for those ticketed by N.J. red light cameras," March 13, 2013