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State Halts Red-Light Camera Program in Newark, most other towns over duration of yellow lights

Newark is one of 21 New Jersey municipalities ordered yesterday to suspend issuing summonses based on red-light violations recorded at intersections with automated cameras. The state Department of Transportation ordered the suspension of what has been a pilot program because of concerns over the duration of yellow-light signals, which by law must be based on the posted speed near the intersection -- the higher the posted speed, the longer the duration of the yellow signal.

If, for example, the posted speed is 30 mph, then the yellow signal is supposed to last for at three seconds. But traffic officials were also required by the law to ensure that the duration of the yellow signal also reflects the speed at which a large majority of motorists approach the intersection. If at least 85 percent of the traffic at an intersection approaches at 25 mph or less, the signal must last for at least 3 seconds. With each 5 mph increase in speed beyond that, the minimum duration must be increased by a half a second.

Officials in Newark and the other affected towns now have until Aug. 1 first to perform an analysis and determine if the duration of the yellow signal is in accordance with the law.

Newark officials have said they believe the city’s signals are in compliance. 

In 2010 Newark became the first city in the state to install the automated cameras, and has since added several more (click here for a complete list ).

The violations are determined based on camera images taken automatically when a motorist enters an intersection where the signal is red. In Newark, traffic officers also monitor the images and use their discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket, taking into account whether a motorist attempted to stop, for example. Violators are charged $85 but are not assessed points on their driving records.

Officials have said the automated cameras have helped reduce accidents by as much as 73 percent in some places and have freed up police manpower for more serious crimes. But members of the Newark Municipal Council have also heard from constituents who say they have been unfairly ticketed.

Bob Tirana June 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thi si NOT the right business for the city and state to do business with there VOTERS.. Cammera takes pictures to fast, even at turns, left and right. There is trafick on head or other Car or Truck is slowing a trafic,80,000 pl Trucks are to fast to stop for yellow light, and cammera take this picture of them, Ticket! This is the time between yellow light change to red light. To fast happen, than ticket comes to your mail, uppps. VOTE NO for a Cammera Trafick Tickets. NO way.
Bob Tirana June 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The State of California Is taking a way this kind of business, Why New Jersey is spending taxpayers money at this old school?, You should ask for a Referendoom, ask VOTERS first, what to do? State Supreme Court should step in in this case what to do. We 99/% Not You.
Ryan August 15, 2012 at 05:18 AM
"Officials have said the automated cameras have helped reduce accidents by as much as 73 percent in some places and have freed up police manpower for more serious crimes. But members of the Newark Municipal Council have also heard from constituents who say they have been unfairly ticketed." This is a total lie. It's playing an evil, serious high stakes game using funny numbers to trick us. It's actually more dangerous out there with more nervous, stressed drivers and MORE rear-end collisions. But these aren't going away soon. We might have to break and cut off some hands before this baby is pried from their sticky, greedy, dirty fingers. This is a huge cash cow that is using lies about safety and sneaky underhanded tactics to catch as many innocent dolphins in their nets as possible while the fishing is good. The only thing slowing them down just a little is they're afraid to kill the Golden Goose too soon or maybe they don't want to be accused of being criminals themselves. The worst towns(and they know who they are) are the ones using cameras with no warnings, countdown timers, walk/don't walk lights,etc. on 50+ mph roads. If they really(really now?)wanted to save lives and increase motorist safety exponentially they could institute some very easy, practical measures. Instead of increasing public contempt and derision they could garner the respect and appreciation of the public and make life safer and more pleasant for the mostly law-abiding public. OK, call me delirious.

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