Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) said that although a decision to temporarily suspend the issuance of tickets at 63 of 85 red light cameras in New Jersey is a good start, a permanent ban on all cameras is still needed.
“We’ve heard complaints from motorists that some yellow lights aren’t timed correctly or may actually have been shortened at intersections where red light cameras are installed,” said Doherty. “This is especially concerning since the statute permitting the use of red light cameras requires speed studies at intersections prior to camera installation to properly set the yellow light cycle according to a very specific calculation. The action by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to suspend enforcement at many intersections is recognition that those required studies were never completed as required by law.”
DRJTBC Plan Would Replace Safe, Free I-95 Bridge with New $330 Million Tolled Bridge
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) is pleased to announce that Hunterdon County has joined him in opposition to a plan to replace the safe and free I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River with a new tolled bridge that would cost an estimated $330 million. Doherty has been a long-time critic of wasteful spending practices at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, the agency which operates the crossing, and had recently called for local officials to oppose the unnecessary bridge plan.
“I am glad that the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders has taken the time to review the Scudder Falls Bridge Project, and I’m not surprised that they arrived at the same conclusion that I did,” said Doherty. “Elected officials on both sides of the Delaware River should be concerned that free crossings that their constituents depend upon will be tolled unnecessarily, and that tolls at all crossings will likely need to increase to pay for this boondoggle of a project.”
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) responded to reports that the New Jersey State Police has acknowledged that excessive force was used against a mentally disabled man, James Bayliss, who was a passenger in a car that had been stopped by Troopers in 2009 while searching for burglary suspects. In audio recorded by a Trooper’s microphone, the driver of the stopped vehicle can be heard explaining Bayliss’s condition to Troopers prior to the incident.
“It appears that the driver did his best to make sure that Troopers were aware that Mr. Bayliss suffered from a mental disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury that could make his behavior seem strange,” said Doherty. “The dash camera video of James Bayliss being thrown to the ground, beaten and apparently rammed head first into a patrol car by State Troopers would be disturbing even if his condition had not just been explained.”
Video: Sen. Doherty Opposes Replacement of Safe, Free Scudder Falls I-95 Bridge with New Tolled Bridge
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference on Thursday, May 17 to express his opposition to the replacement and tolling of the Scudder Falls bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) and Senator Shirley Turner (D-15) will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, May 17 to express their opposition to the replacement and tolling of the Scudder Falls bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Who: Senator Michael Doherty (R-23); Senator Shirley Turner (D-15); Jeff Tittel – Director, New Jersey Sierra Club; Steve Lonegan – State Director, Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey; Ed Smith – Commissioner, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
What: Press conference to oppose construction of new Scudder Falls bridge and introduction of tolling at the currently free crossing.
Where: New Jersey State House, Room 103
When: Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1 PM
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), the sponsor of legislation that would result in the elimination of red light camera ticketing systems in New Jersey, has launched an online petition in support of the effort. The petition can be signed by visiting http://www.senatenj.com/cameras.
“In the few days since my legislation banning red light cameras was introduced, the amount of support I’ve received has been overwhelming,” said Doherty. “People really dislike the cameras, but aren’t sure what to do about it. That’s why I launched our online petition to ensure that people can have their voices heard and be counted in their support of this legislation to prohibit red light cameras and automated ticketing systems.”
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, May 17 to express his opposition to the replacement and tolling of the Scudder Falls bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Who: Senator Michael Doherty (R-23); Jeff Tittel – Director, New Jersey Sierra Club; Steve Lonegan – State Director, Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey; Ed Smith – Commissioner, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that would ban municipalities from using camera systems which detect violations of traffic control signals and automate the process of issuing tickets to drivers.
“Although red light cameras were sold to the public as a way to make dangerous intersections safer, it’s become clear that municipalities are primarily interested in the revenues generated by the cameras through tickets and fines,” said Doherty. “There is little if any evidence that the use of red light cameras in New Jersey has reduced the number or severity of accidents at the intersections where they are used. When combined with serious questions regarding personal privacy and the process and constitutionality of being ticketed by a machine, I believe it’s time that we put this ill-conceived red light camera experiment to rest.”
Senator Michael Doherty, member of the Senate Education Committee, is excited to work with a new state task force filled Wednesday to end aspects of the failing School Funding Reform Act that are susceptible to fraud and abuse and deprive many school districts of their fair share of state aid.
“The acting governor’s appointments to fill The New Jersey Education Funding Task Force constitute an essential step toward fixing the Corzine administration’s convoluted School Funding Reform Act (SFRA),” said Doherty, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren. “By modifying the formula and implementing a sensible measure of ‘at-risk’ students, we’ll eliminate carrots that cause more than one-third of students to be fraudulently enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program, which our state auditor found districts use as a tool to incur more state aid.”
Republican Judiciary Committee Members: “Democrats’ Rejection of Kwon is Indefensible Character Assassination”
Senate Republican Judiciary Committee Members Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Joe Kyrillos, Christopher Bateman, and Michael J. Doherty issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s rejection of Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon:
Today, Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee rejected an exceptionally well-qualified Supreme Court nominee for no good reason whatsoever. From the moment Mr. Kwon was nominated, the Majority engaged in a campaign of intensely personal character assassination centering around issues that were completely immaterial to his fitness to serve on the court.
The Majority’s entire line of questioning and basis for rejecting his nomination centered on events that had absolutely nothing to do with Phil Kwon.