Category: NJ Red Light Facts

A new report from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) finds that the state’s red-light safety camera program has turned out positive results for the third straight year. The report’s trends show that camera enforcement is saving lives and improving driver behavior. As a result, NJDOT has recommended that the red-light safety camera program be extended at the end of the year. Below are the top five findings from this year’s report.

  1. For the two locations that have had red-light safety cameras for three years, right angle crashes have decreased 86 percent and rear-end collisions have declined by 58 percent since cameras were installed. Total crashes are down 72 percent and citations have decreased by 83 percent.
  2. Considering the crash, severity and citation data, both annually and over the three year period, camera technology is improving driver behavior as a viable safety tool at these two intersections intersections.
  3. For the 22 locations that have had red-light safety cameras for two years, right angle crashes have decreased 60 percent and rear-end collisions have declined by seven percent since cameras were installed. Total crashes are down 27 percent and citations have decreased by 61 percent.
  4. For the 23 intersections that have had red-light safety cameras for one year, right angle crashes have decreased 15 percent and rear-end collisions have declined by three percent since cameras were installed. Total crashes are down five percent and citations have decreased by 31 percent.
  5. Adding the severity costs for each operational year, right-angle crash costs at all camera intersections have decreased by more than $1.5 million and rear-end crash costs have decreased by nearly $1.7 million, resulting in a combined net public benefit of more than $3.2 million for the program through December 31, 2012.

Statewide, support remains high for red-light safety cameras, according to a new survey by AAA that found 56% of 1,000 polled motorists favor red-light cameras to penalize red-light runners. Additionally, NCSR has collected more than 17,400 signatures from New Jersey residents on its petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections in the state. By signing the petition, New Jersey residents have shown strong support for the life-saving technology as a tool to keep their roadways safe.

At a time when New Jersey’s red-light safety cameras have come under attack from radical state legislators, residents have spoken loudly in support of using the technology to keep roadways and loved ones safe. NCSR has collected more than 12,300 signatures from New Jersey residents on a petition supporting the use of red-light safety cameras at dangerous intersections in the state. The signatures show an overwhelming public approval for existing traffic safety programs that improve intersection safety.

And it’s no wonder why.

According to new data obtained from the Rutgers Plan4Safety crash database, right-angle crashes continue to decline at intersections in New Jersey. Crash data compiled from 26 intersections in 15 townships with American Traffic Solutions’ (ATS) red-light safety cameras in operation for at least one year showed total right-angle crashes decreased an average of 11 percent. A look at the 12 intersections with cameras in place for two years indicates an even greater reduction of 59 percent from the first year of use to the second. By comparison, right angle-crashes at control intersections without red-light safety cameras increased by 46 percent.

In addition to reducing accidents, red-light safety cameras are improving driver behavior in New Jersey. A recent review of ATS red-light safety cameras in New Jersey tracked red-light violations in 18 townships from the beginning of each program until the end of 2012. Since installation, average violations per camera fell by 44 percent.  Additionally, 86 percent of vehicles with a paid violation did not get a second. The low incidence of repeat offenders and the decline in violations indicate that cameras are changing driver habits for the better.

At this time we have 5100 of the 12,338 total signatures listed in the document below. The numbers continue to grow in support of red-light safety cameras as the public in New Jersey stands up for what they believe in.