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  • NJ A5082
  • Establishes pilot program for automated speed enforcement in work zones.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes a five-year pilot program for automated speed enforcement in active work zones in this State, to be implemented by the Department of Transportation (department) and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) on highways under their jurisdiction. Each work zone that has an automated speed enforcement system (speed cameras) in place is required to have at least two warning signs notifying the public that a speed camera is in use. The department and the NJTA are required to post a notice on their Internet websites identifying the location of speed cameras that are in use. The bill provides that it is a violation for an individual to drive in excess of 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit in an active work zone with speed cameras. The penalty for a violation is $100. Penalties under the provisions of the bill are not to be considered criminal convictions and are not to be made part of the operating record for motor vehicle points or automobile insurance eligibility points. The bill does not limit the ability of a law enforcement officer to issue a citation for speeding if the officer witnesses the violation; however, an individual who receives a speeding ticket from an officer is not to be liable for a violation of the provisions of the bill. Fines collected under the bill are to be split with 75 percent allocated to the Division of State Police (State Police) and 25 percent allocated to the department and the NJTA for the purposes of work zone safety. Of the amount allocated to the State Police, 55 percent is to go to recruiting, training, and equipping members of the State Police Construction Unit and 45 percent is to go to pay for an increased State Police presence in work zones. The speed cameras are required to be calibrated annually and any notice of violation is to include the date of the most recent inspection of the speed camera. Operators of the system are required to undergo training in setting up, testing, and operating speed cameras. Notices of violation are to be mailed out to the registered owner of the vehicle captured on the speed camera within 30 days after the discovery of the identity of the registered owner. Notices are invalid unless provided to an owner within 90 days of the violation. Within 30 days of the mailing of the notice, an owner is granted the power to request a hearing to contest liability before a hearing officer from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The decision of the hearing officer is subject to appeal to an administrative law judge. Images recorded under the bill are only to capture violations of the bill and may not be used for any other purposes. Any information obtained under the bill, however, is subject to court orders issuing that the information be provided to law enforcement officers if the information is required solely in connection with a criminal law enforcement action and is reasonably described. Any image or information produced in connection with the speed cameras are to be purged within 60 days after the collection of any fine or final disposition of the case. If no notice of violation is issued within 30 days after the discovery of the identity of the registered owner, all images and information are to be purged within three days. The Commissioner of Transportation and the Executive Director of the NJTA are required to prepare and submit an annual report to the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the General Assembly, and members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee and the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, or their successor committees, describing the pilot program. The final report is to provide a comprehensive review of the pilot program, including an evaluation of the program's effectiveness, a discussion of extending the program, and any other relevant information. If the pilot program is not extended, any remaining fines remitted to the department or the NJTA are to remain with those respective agencies for the purposes of work zone safety.
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee  (on 7/13/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/13/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
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