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.