Edison Releases Data Showing Reduction In Crashes At Intersections With Red Light Cameras

(Updated with additional data on Oct. 28, 2013)

EDISON – New data released this week by the Township of Edison shows a 32-percent reduction in accidents at three of the township’s most problematic intersections since the inception of an automated photo enforcement program to ticket drivers who run red lights.

According to the data, right angle crashes are down 71% (down from 14 to 4) and same-direction (rear-end) crashes are down 17 percent (down from 110 to 91).

“Right-angle crashes are the most deadly type of collision on our roadways. This reduction is very encouraging. It tells us the red light cameras are having a positive impact. Drivers are slowing down and acting more cautiously,” said Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano.

Total Crash Reduction from individual intersections include:

  • Route 1 and Plainfield Avenue: 29% reduction (from 85 to 60)
  • Route 1 and Prince Street: 24% reduction (from 51 to 39)
  • Route 1 and Wooding Avenue: 50% reduction (from 40 to 20)

“The red light cameras are one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to deter dangerous driving behaviors at intersections,” said Ricigliano. “In the future, we hope to see an even greater reduction in crashes as community awareness increases.”

Last year, the state Department of Transportation released a report showing ambiguous results with limited data. While all types of crashes had decreased from year one to year two at two locations with two full years of operational data, rear-end collisions increased 20 percent overall from pre-camera installation levels by the end of the first year of operation.

Critics of red light camera traffic enforcement systems contend that they exist primarily to bolster municipal budgets. Republican state Sen. Michael Doherty has introduced legislation that would direct towns to deposit all fines collected from violations recorded by red light cameras into the state’s Highway Safety Fund to remove this financial incentive. He is also running an online petition to allow people to tell the Legislature to end the state’s red light camera pilot program.


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1 comment for “Edison Releases Data Showing Reduction In Crashes At Intersections With Red Light Cameras

  1. David Shaw
    October 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    … and this press release brought to you by the scamera vendor for the Township of Edison. Typical of those in the revenue stream to distort statistics and not provide actual crash numbers and the time periods for which they are claiming a “reduction” in crashes. Let’s say there were 4 right angle crashes in the pre-camera scheme period and one in the post-camera scheme period. That’s a 75% reduction! What sounds better? A 3 crash reduction or 75%?

    It would be very easy for the Township to provide actual numbers for red light violation crashes for an equal period of time before the automated for-profit scheme and an equal period after, but I see no mention of that in this “article.”

    The bottom line is…crashes caused by red light runners are those in which the driver is DUI, distracted, falling asleep and the occasional fleeing/eluding case. None of the aforementioned will be fixed by a camera on a pole, nor will it “change the behavior (a popular scamera vendor talking point parroted by their government business partners)” of those drivers. Red light cameras have always been, and always will be, about MONEY, not safety.

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