Red-Light Cameras Reducing Crashes, N.J. Report Says

April 3, 2014

New Jersey’s Transportation Department officials have found fewer crashes at intersections equipped with red-light cameras in the state.

But the report also says the sample size is too small to draw conclusions.

Officials say crashes were down 27 percent at 22 intersections where the cameras were in operation for at least two full years. More dangerous right-angle accidents have dropped 60 percent and rear-end crashes were reduced by 7 percent.

New Jersey Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, who is a vocal critic of the program, tells The Star-Ledger of Newark nine intersections that don’t have cameras and were used as a control group had an overall crash reduction rate of nearly 46 percent.

The state must decide whether to keep the devices before the five-year red-light camera pilot program ends on Dec. 16.

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