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Shrewsbury Pursues Red Light Cameras

Sighting unsafe intersections, the borough is looking for two red light cameras to help resolve the issue of drivers running red lights.

Shrewsbury has ordered the timing of its traffic lights in an effort to clear the way for the installation of two red light cameras, Councilman Tom Menapace said Monday night.

The move comes after New Jersey Department of Transportation suspended red light camera programs throughout the state over concerns that lights were improperly timed and causing drivers to receive tickets without proper justification.

In an effort to hop on board with the red light camera program once it's reinstituted, Menapace said the borough wants to make sure its lights are in proper working order.

Menapace said Shrewsbury is looking to install red light cameras at two intersections, including Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue, where borough hall and the Shrewsbury Police Department is located, and Route 35 and Shrewsbury Avenue. Both intersections are heavily trafficked, he said, and drivers routinely blow through red lights in disregard of public safety.

It's unclear when Shrewsbury could see the red light cameras installed. Not only has the state suspended the program, but legislators such as Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, R-13, have called for the banning of the devices on the grounds that they don't promote safety, merely generate income for the towns. Menapace said the borough would receive a percentage of every ticket issued.

Shrewsbury would also need approvals from the DOT before being allowed to install the cameras.

Menapace said the borough reached out to American Traffic Solutions about installing cameras at the two intersections. ATS, he said, did not reach out to Shrewsbury.

lawrence williard July 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Poor, poor choice. Shrewsbory.
Jim July 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Cameras can't stop the real late runners, who cause the crashes. (If cameras worked, sellers wouldn't have the crash videos they show us.) A real late runner (2+ secs. late) doesn't do it on purpose. He doesn't know (a visitor) or doesn't remember (a distracted or impaired "local") that there's a camera up ahead, so the presence of a camera won't stop him. To cut these real late runs, identify your worst intersections and improve the visual cues that say, "signal ahead." Literally! Florida's DOT found that painting "signal ahead" on the pavement cut running up to 74%. Also make the signals bigger in diameter, add backboards, put brighter bulbs in the street lights over the intersection, and put up a lighted name sign for the cross street. Add a signal pole on the NEAR side of the corner, if you can afford it. Cameras have side effects: They (indirectly) block emergency vehicles - drivers stopped at a camera hesitate to get out of the way! Other side effects: Rearenders, local $$$ sent to Oz, AZ or Goldman-Sachs, where it won't come back, tourists and shoppers driven away. Want safety, no side effects? Install the visual cues. To cut car/pedestrian accidents, train your kids (and yourself) not to step out just 'cuz the walk sign came on. To cut nuisance running (a split sec. late), lengthen the yellows. It's cheap to do so can be done all over town. (Adding 0.4 sec. drops nuisance running by 50%.) Who needs cameras and their side effects?
JosephGhabourLaw July 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Road design is a serious NJ issue. With the most municipalities per capital (more municipalities than California), the way intersections are treated varies from town to town. This increases confusion and causes accidents. NJ municipal roads/streets officials would be wise to follow and use the guides from The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials when updating/fixing roads/streets. Their guides are available here: https://bookstore.transportation.org/category_item.aspx?id=DS&gclid=CPqqrunroLECFYFo4Aod2n-UYw
P July 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
This needs to go VIRAL!!! Help stop extortion by banning red light camera's in NJ. Pass it on to everyone you know!!! Tell the Legislature to Ban Red Light Cameras in New Jersey! Sign the Petition! Petition to support legislation that would ban automated red light camera systems that issue tickets to drivers in New Jersey. http://www.senatenj.com/index.php/petitions/red-light-cameras/tell-the-legislature-to-ban-red-light-cameras-in-new-jersey-sign-the-petition/11852
P July 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
This needs to go VIRAL!!! Help stop extortion by banning red light camera's in NJ. Pass it on to everyone you know!!! Tell the Legislature to Ban Red Light Cameras in New Jersey! Sign the Petition! Petition to support legislation that would ban automated red light camera systems that issue tickets to drivers in New Jersey. http://www.senatenj.com/index.php/petitions/red-light-cameras/tell-the-legislature-to-ban-red-light-cameras-in-new-jersey-sign-the-petition/11852
Marjorie Smith July 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Red light cameras are fine with me. Of course, I don't run red lights and would be more than happy if all of those people who are scofflaws got their fair share of tickets. Maybe it will reduce the property tax rates.
aspin July 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Marjorie, you do realize you don't actually have to run the red light to get a ticket right? You can get one just for crossing the threshold/line. Jim really hit the nail on the head with all the side effects of putting up these cameras. I've seen the emergency vehicle example happen a few times at a red light camera intersection in Brick.
Rick Padula July 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
The law is the law. Now you want to be informed if there is a red light camera at an intersection so that you know that you have to obey the law at THAT intersection? There should be red light cameras at every intersection, then no one will need to guess, and everyone will drive more carefully and obey the law.
Jim July 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The pavement paint won't say "camera ahead" it will say "signal ahead." Merely putting up a camera will never stop a drunk, because he's focused on a narrow spot on the ground about twenty feet in front of his car and can be unaware that there's an intersection - with or without cameras - coming up. That's why I want to put down paint to wake him up. Probably most effective paint would say "sex ahead"... ;-)
Fred M July 19, 2012 at 01:19 AM
It's just a matter of time before cameras are installed for speed traps . They already have those radar signs on rd telling you what your speed is...Soon, I bet, cameras will be installed in those radar signs..Damm, imagine the money that those will bring in..Stalin would be proud
Fred RBPatch December 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Marjorie, "...reduce the property tax rate"? You're kidding, right? And how about if you loaned your car to a friend, and they went through a red light... YOU get the ticket/points! Is that fair?

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