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OPINION: South Jersey mayors say they'll keep red light cameras for now

nj.com:

In Gloucester Township, Mayor David Mayer said he had seen a marked decrease in accidents on Blackwood-Clementon Road.

“I don’t know why we would follow that lead,” he said. “Our accident rates are down.”

He acknowledged that the cameras are unpopular with residents.

“It does annoy the individual who has never gotten a ticket and who all of a sudden gets something in the mail,” he said.

But Mayer said the cameras have had an economic benefit as well.

“That road is very fast and it hurt our businesses,” said Mayer. “Now we’ve slowed that traffic down.”

Hurt what business?

Paul J. DiBartolo February 21, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Our businesses are no longer being hurt...they're all dead. Hey, Mr. Mayer, since the cameras have worked so miraculously on Blackwood-Clementon Road, maybe you should consider populating the Black Horse Pike with them. It's hard to find an open business there amongst all the For Sale signs and closed buildings. I can't wait until the Outlets open. Presumably we'll add a bunch of red-light cameras to the existing menagerie of circles to insure that business will be booming.
Big Daddy 1 February 22, 2014 at 08:38 AM
I usually avoid Blackwood Clementon Road altogether, for fear that a situation may arise when I can't stop in time or it is unsafe to stop with a tailgater riding my a$$ almost everywhere. I usually shop in the other direction or take side streets and drive through parking lots.
Big Daddy 1 February 22, 2014 at 08:40 AM
By the way, whatever happened to that off-track betting place that was supposed to move into the CLOSED Stone Grill?
Bob Kola February 22, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Big Daddy 1: They have been working on the interior of the old Stone Grill for about two months now. They filled about two dumpsters with debris. Also, they recently took down the Stone Grill signage that was on Blackwood-Clementon Road.
Big Daddy 1 February 22, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Thanks Bob. That is good news. We need some recreation for adults here. If I had been on Blacwood Clementon Road, I guess I would have seen that. By the way, there is a no-light back road way to get to the Stone Grill.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 22, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Word is that OTB will be up and running some time in March. This should prove interesting.
Bob Kola February 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Big Daddy 1: Using that back road is how I saw the contractors' trucks and the dumpsters. I use that road if I'm going to Denny's or the thrift bread store.
Big Daddy 1 February 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM
I think it was supposed to be August for off track betting. Hope they open in time for the triple crown.
John Reynolds February 22, 2014 at 04:53 PM
If I was a betting man, I'd bet that Blackwood-Clementon Road rolls snake eyes, regardless of Red-Light Cameras, gambling, or any other sleight-of-hand gimmick used to generate revenue. I avoided that area before they installed cameras. I counted 4 storefront ministries walking down South BHP today. I wonder if they have to kickback part of their collections to L&I to stay open. As I'm posting this, there's a Verizon FIOS ad offering a $89 50/25Mbps Internet & Phone deal running on Gloucester Township Patch.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 22, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Seems like a waste of money to me.
John Reynolds February 23, 2014 at 06:33 PM
"Seems like a waste of money to me. " Still using a modem?
Paul J. DiBartolo February 23, 2014 at 06:58 PM
The waste of money is with regards to the advertising. I can't get FIOS even if I wanted it because Verizon won't service my area so why bother advertising a pitch to me that I can never catch? BTW, is there another device I don't know about that has replaced the modem? And here I thought I was keeping up.
Mary February 24, 2014 at 06:48 AM
I wish they would install a camera at Cross-Keys Rd & Sicklerville Rd. We could really use one there and it would make plenty of money for the town. Sign says No Turn On Red, happens all day long.
Joe February 24, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Avoid BCR, for the condition of the road alone. The stores are starving because GT has taxed them out causing high rents, and maintain a poor setting for them by way of unfriendly cameras and poor road conditions. Proximity to Lindenwold doesn't help. Find solutions to these things and maybe it will start to come back.
Joe February 24, 2014 at 07:36 AM
BTW, where does the $500G+ that the cameras generate go? Oh yeah, our taxes would have gone up even more than they did if we didn't have it. (politician talk for it's none of your business how we blow your money) So when they get us acustomed to this one they will add another then another.
Big Daddy 1 February 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Talk about road conditions, that stretch of Blackwood Clementon road that runs through Pine Hill has gone from really bad to even worse. Who would drive here from that direction? You go from maneating potholes to ticket hungry redlights. I mention that because our GT administrator has the same job in Pine Hill. I miss taco bell already.

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