Newark, NJ Cameras Making $100,000 Month

Red-light cameras in New Jersey's largest city have generated nearly half a million dollars in their first five months in operation. Newark issued $85 tickets to more than 20,000+ drivers between December 2009 and April 2010.  More than 12,000 had paid their fines by the end of April which is above average.  Newark's $85 fine is divided among the city, state and Redflex contracted to maintain the cameras.

Newark installed the cameras as part of a five-year pilot program conducted by the state Transportation Department. The DOT has issued permits for use in 22 towns. However, they're only operational in Newark, Brick Township, Glassboro, and Deptford.  The DOT plans to evaluate their effectiveness after collecting a year’s worth of data.