Number of the Day: 77 percent

July 7, 2011 | Number of The Day

Expect the use of red-light safety cameras to come to a corner near you — broadening their use beyond a legislative pilot program currently limited to 17 municipalities.

A recent poll of 600 registered state voters, conducted by the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), found that 77 percent support the use of these cameras at New Jersey’s busiest intersections to catch those who run red lights. The NCSR is a coalition of groups, like the National Safety Council and America Walks, that advocate use of the cameras.

Only 22 percent of the 600 voters oppose the idea. Of those in favor, 69 percent said they believed the cameras would increase safety, while 34 percent said it would prevent people from running red lights. Of those who opposed, 5 percent said the cameras could cause more problems and 4 percent said it was just another way for the government to make money.

Assembly Transportation Chair John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), author of the law that created the pilot, wasted no time saying he wanted to see the program expanded. Indeed, Wisniewski sent out his press release hailing the survey even before the release detailing the results of the survey.