Cinnaminson Near Top of List for Red-Light Cameras
No new towns have installed cameras lately, but officials are putting the pressure on, they say.
Township officials learned Cinnaminson is still near the top of the list for participation in the state’s red-light camera pilot program, which is at a halt at the moment.
Officials with American Traffic Solutions (ATS)—a company responsible for installing most of the state’s red-light cameras—have an agreement with Cinnaminson and provided an update at last week’s township meeting.
“You’re still very high on the list,” said Charles Callari, with ATS.
According to Callari, Cinnaminson is 12th out of 35-45 towns considered for the program.
The township has not received official approval red-light cameras will be installed here, just preliminary consideration for two intersections in town. Those intersections are Route 130 and Andover Road and Route 73 and Forklanding Road.
Although Cinnaminson Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick admits red-light cameras are somewhat unpopular with drivers, the most important factor for her is safety, she said.
“I do think that people view it as Big Brother watching,” Fitzpatrick said. “The data shows a 25-percent reduction in accidents. That will keep our part of the corridor safe.”
Fitzpatrick said during last week’s meeting she learned that fatalities are not taken into account for participation consideration into the pilot. She said she finds that very hard to swallow.
Callari said that methodology hasn’t changed.
He also said that in the towns where there are red-light cameras, studies are showing a “dramatic reduction in violations’ rates” and the recidivism rate is low.
“We are really seeing the impact of the program as far as changing driver behavior,” Callari said. “[In some cases], there are 40- to 50-percent reductions [in accidents].”
That information, Callari said, has been sent to the Department of Transportation (DOT) because he and other officials think it’s enough to expand the program.
Over the summer, the red-light camera program was temporarily suspended. The state took cameras offline in all but 22 towns with the technology after it was determined drivers didn’t have enough yellow light time to get through the intersection.
DOT conducted studies and a month later, the suspension was lifted.
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