TRENTON, N.J., June 20 (UPI) -- Drivers in New Jersey got a break Wednesday with an order that police must stop issuing tickets for 63 of the state's 85 red light cameras.
State officials said lights at the 63 intersections need to be checked to determine if yellow lights remain on for the time set by the law authorizing the cameras, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. If the traffic lights operate as required, tickets could be issued after the fact, officials said.
Under New Jersey law, yellow lights must be on for one second for every 10 mph of the speed at which 85 percent of the vehicles approach an intersection. The state is more generous than the federal law, which is based on speed limits.
Joe Dee, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said cameras will be shut down at intersections where yellow lights are not properly timed.
The cameras have been big money-makers for the cities and towns where they are located. Nineteen are in Newark, the state's largest city.
Intersections where 22 of the cameras are installed are known to have properly timed lights.