Redflex Traffic Systems educates New Jersey drivers about effectiveness of photo enforcement systems
Phoenix, AZ-based Redflex Traffic System, a provider of road safety technology, has released a video about photo enforcement in New Jersey. The video explains how red-light camera systems work and describes the public safety benefits of the systems.
Municipalities around New Jersey rely on safety cameras to detect and deter dangerous driving at intersections with a history of crashes and violations resulting from red-light running. Currently, 25 communities in New Jersey utilize red-light cameras, and another 36 communities have applied to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to use the cameras to improve public safety.
“Photo enforcement works. It saves lives by modifying driver behavior and makes a life-saving difference on roadways across New Jersey,” said Jim Saunders, president and CEO of Redflex. “Three-year data from the New Jersey Department of Transportation supports the fact that the longer the traffic safety camera program is in place, the safer the roads become.”
In the video, Newark traffic official Jack Nata says red-light cameras have helped make the city safer. “We have a robust program that has seen a significant improvement in right-angle crashes and crashes overall. We’ve also seen the citation rate come down, which means people are changing the way they drive.”
According to the NJDOT’s “Report on Red-Light Traffic Control Signal Monitoring Systems Third Annual Report” (2014), a total of 83 intersections throughout New Jersey experienced an average 86-percent reduction in right-angle crashes, a 58-percent reduction in rear-end crashes and an 83-percent reduction in red-light running violations.
The technology and data capture procedures for New Jersey’s traffic safety camera programs are a two-camera system is installed at an intersection to monitor approaching traffic, the system is triggered to capture data of a vehicle if it progresses through an intersection after the signal turns red, and data of potential violations, including a 12-second video and three still images, is secured, encrypted and placed into an evidence file.
Local officers review evidence packages and have sole discretion as to who receives a citation. Drivers found in violation will receive a ticket in the mail. They will have the option to pay or contest the citation.
Saunders says photo enforcement systems are designed to be violator funded, which means they are cost neutral for the municipality. “Revenues generated from citations are used to not only operate the program itself, but can support other public safety initiatives and city services.”
He adds that automated enforcement solutions yield significant cost savings to a community due to fewer property damage claims, lower insurance premiums and reduced medical expenses.
Redflex Traffic Systems, a provider of road safety technology, operates more than 2,000 photo enforcement systems in more than 220 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.