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Shrewsbury Pursues Red Light Cameras

Sighting unsafe intersections, the borough is looking for two red light cameras to help resolve the issue of drivers running red lights.

Shrewsbury has ordered the timing of its traffic lights in an effort to clear the way for the installation of two red light cameras, Councilman Tom Menapace said Monday night.

The move comes after New Jersey Department of Transportation suspended red light camera programs throughout the state over concerns that lights were improperly timed and causing drivers to receive tickets without proper justification.

In an effort to hop on board with the red light camera program once it's reinstituted, Menapace said the borough wants to make sure its lights are in proper working order.

Menapace said Shrewsbury is looking to install red light cameras at two intersections, including Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue, where borough hall and the Shrewsbury Police Department is located, and Route 35 and Shrewsbury Avenue. Both intersections are heavily trafficked, he said, and drivers routinely blow through red lights in disregard of public safety.

It's unclear when Shrewsbury could see the red light cameras installed. Not only has the state suspended the program, but legislators such as Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, R-13, have called for the banning of the devices on the grounds that they don't promote safety, merely generate income for the towns. Menapace said the borough would receive a percentage of every ticket issued.

Shrewsbury would also need approvals from the DOT before being allowed to install the cameras.

Menapace said the borough reached out to American Traffic Solutions about installing cameras at the two intersections. ATS, he said, did not reach out to Shrewsbury.

aspin July 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Marjorie, you do realize you don't actually have to run the red light to get a ticket right? You can get one just for crossing the threshold/line. Jim really hit the nail on the head with all the side effects of putting up these cameras. I've seen the emergency vehicle example happen a few times at a red light camera intersection in Brick.
Rick Padula July 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
The law is the law. Now you want to be informed if there is a red light camera at an intersection so that you know that you have to obey the law at THAT intersection? There should be red light cameras at every intersection, then no one will need to guess, and everyone will drive more carefully and obey the law.
Jim July 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The pavement paint won't say "camera ahead" it will say "signal ahead." Merely putting up a camera will never stop a drunk, because he's focused on a narrow spot on the ground about twenty feet in front of his car and can be unaware that there's an intersection - with or without cameras - coming up. That's why I want to put down paint to wake him up. Probably most effective paint would say "sex ahead"... ;-)
Fred M July 19, 2012 at 01:19 AM
It's just a matter of time before cameras are installed for speed traps . They already have those radar signs on rd telling you what your speed is...Soon, I bet, cameras will be installed in those radar signs..Damm, imagine the money that those will bring in..Stalin would be proud
Fred RBPatch December 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Marjorie, "...reduce the property tax rate"? You're kidding, right? And how about if you loaned your car to a friend, and they went through a red light... YOU get the ticket/points! Is that fair?

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