For Immediate Release
March 28, 2014
New Jersey Department of Transportation Report Shows Traffic Safety Cameras at Dangerous Intersections Reduce Crashes by 86 Percent
Legislature should move to make pilot program permanent and expand to all New Jersey cities
Newark, NJ – Right angle traffic crashes are down by as much as 86 percent and rear-end crashes are down by as much as 58 percent at New Jersey intersections where traffic safety cameras are in place, according to a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) report released today. Citations have also been reduced by 83 percent, indicating a change in driver behavior at New Jersey’s most dangerous intersections.
The NJDOT’s third annual report on the traffic safety camera pilot program examines traffic safety cameras working at the 83 intersections in 25 New Jersey municipalities in the 2012 calendar year. NJDOT has capped the number of municipalities with access to the life-saving technology at 25, despite dozens of communities that have applied for permission to use the technology on their roads.
The report, which breaks down the data at the 83 intersections according to the number of years cameras have been in operation, shows the longer cameras have been in place, the greater the safety benefit:
- Cameras active for three years: 72% reduction in total crashes, 86% reduction in right-angle crashes and a 58% reduction in rear-end crashes;
– Cameras active for two years: 27% reduction in total crashes, 60% reduction in right-angle crashes and a 7% reduction in rear-end crashes; and
– Cameras active for one year: 5% reduction in total crashes, 15% reduction in right-angle crashes and a 3% reduction in rear-end crashes.
Safety advocates are encouraging the legislature to make New Jersey’s traffic safety camera program permanent before the 5-year pilot program expires in December 2014. Advocates are also calling on legislators to make all New Jersey cities eligible to use camera programs including the dozens of municipalities which have applied for NJDOT approval to use this proven technology to reduce crashes on their roadways.
“Red light running is irresponsible and dangerous and we know firsthand how it can rip families apart,” said Paul and Sue Oberhauser, National Co-Chairs of the Traffic Safety Coalition, whose daughter, Sarah was killed by a red light runner in 2002. “This report again shows safety cameras reduce crashes in New Jersey and we encourage the legislature to continue the program and open it up for all communities wishing to make their roads safer.”
About the Traffic Safety Coalition:
The Traffic Safety Coalition is a not-for-profit grassroots organization comprised of concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim’s advocates, health care professionals, and industry leaders who are committed to working together to make our roads safer for drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. We work with our partners throughout the country to promote technology and education that save lives and keep our roads safe.
The Traffic Safety Coalition received the 2011 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association for outstanding achievements in highway safety.
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