Critic, Fan Debate Red-Light Cameras

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) -

Ground zero in the debate over New Jersey’s red light camera program shifted to a crowded, sweaty city hall office Monday, as the program’s most ardent critic locked horns with a mayor who wants to keep the cameras rolling.

The face-off between Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has been on a crusade to get rid of the cameras,  because he believes they don’t target the runners who cause the most serious accidents and are mere cash cows.

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka said their effectiveness can be demonstrated by the fact that Linden hasn’t had any auto fatalities in the last year, after having four in 2011 and 2012.

The pilot program is set to expire next month.