Are Those New Red Light Cams Working Yet?

Cameras recently installed at Route 70-Brick Boulevard intersection

They've been the talk of the town for the past couple of weeks.

Brick residents have known about the approval of additional red light cameras since last summer, but only in the past few weeks were the cameras and flash poles installed at the intersection of Route 70 and Brick Boulevard.

The new cameras will target motorists who run the red light at the busy intersection where the two major roads come together. The cameras were approved in September.

But despite the fact that they've been installed, don't expect to be receiving any tickets in the mail just yet.

The cameras, owned by American Traffic Solutions of Arizona, are currently in a testing phase, according to Business Administrator Scott Pezarras.

The testing phase should be complete by the end of the month, at which time the township will give the required legal notices that the cameras are active. After activation, the cameras will generate warning notices to scofflaw motorists for 30 days.

"They should be up and running, and issuing tickets, the first week of June," said Pezarras.

Plans to erect cameras at yet another intersection, Route 88 and Post Road, have been put off.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said additional accident data needs to be collected to comply with state regulations before cameras can be installed at that intersection.

Cameras have already been up and running at the intersections of Route 70 and Chambers Bridge Road and Brick Boulevard and Hooper Avenue for almost two years.

The cameras are allowed in select municipalities, including Brick, as part of a state pilot program.

CShorShell April 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
The link is below your initial request.
Bricktown Lew April 20, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hey Darrell, have you ever been on 70 and slowing down at the light to go left onto Brick Blvd and those "racing idiots" behind you cut into the next lane and back in front of you to run the red light? It happens so much over there that the town could meet their budget just ticketing those fools!
The Liberal Crusader April 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM
darrell April 20, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Bricktown Lew, It's a three ring circus there. I'm glad you agree. Should make a bundle this summer with the lights. Instead of running the amber and red lights, they should slow down alittle when approaching them and stay in line.
darrell April 20, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Liberal Crusader, Thanks for Virginia's report 2007. Do you have a recent one for the cameras in New Jersey? I'd appreciate it. Thank you again.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM
the length of the light is regulated by the speed of the roadway which is regulated by state law, not the town at all. it can not be adjusted or made longer without increasing the speed limit, which is currently at 35mph for brick blvd north bound between i believe chambers bridge or cedar bridge and rt 70. it is 40 from there south to drum point rd, then raises back to 50 from drum point, south until toms river where it drops back down i believe to 35. If you were driving the speed limit at brick blvd and rt 70, you should have no problem stopping in time.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
There have been no, zero, accidents at any of the camera intersections.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Those are not cameras, those are traffic monitoring tools for the DOT.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM
if you are stuck in the intersection while it turns yellow you are not issued a ticket. each violation is reviewed by a physical police officer at brick police dept. who determines if you infact ran the red light.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
There was no increase in traffic accidents at the camera's. There has not been one accident at the interesections that can be blamed on the camera's. all are due to driver inattetion, careless driving, or speeding.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
yes we have, in many past articles on brick patch. use the search function on the site.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
the timing of the lights is in relation to the speedlimit of the roadway. brick blvd south bound at that intersection is 35mph. if you are doing that speed, the light is not short at all, however most people are doing well above 50mph, which makes the light seem short. in reality youre simply going too fast.
Hollowman April 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The liberal crusader, this is a quote from the "study" you posted, if you bothered to read it: "These results cannot be used to justify the widespread installation of cameras because they are not universally effective. These results also cannot be used to justify the abolition of cameras, as they have had a positive impact at some intersections and in some jurisdictions. The report recommends, therefore, that the decision to install a red light camera be made on an intersection-byintersection basis."
darrell April 21, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Hollowman: Thank you. That's the answer I was looking for.
jack smith April 21, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Here you go Hollow man. Here is a link to a bunch of articles proving red light cameras actually increase rear end accidents. At least once a month I see the aftermath of an accident at one of the two red light camera intersections. Apparently, this does not get publicized due to the significant amount of money these cameras bring in to the town. This is really just common sense, people are going to be a lot more indecisive at traffic signals knowing an $85 ticket will be sitting in their mailbox within a couple of weeks. I have no idea why you would think that this would not be the case, unless of course you are a complete moron. Once again, approx. 40% NJ taxpayer dollars leaving the state and town residents lives are being put at risk for another town cash grab. Wake up!!! Hopefully it is not one of your family members killed as a result of this nonsense. http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/increase-accidents
jack smith April 21, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Here is another article everyone needs to read to inform themselves about these red light cameras. Further research showed that there was a way to make intersections safer: Simply lengthen the duration of amber lights, allowing drivers more time to make the critical decision to stop or go. But there’s no money in longer yellow lights. And it turned out that there was lots of it—piles and piles, really—in red-light cameras. http://scottandfenderson.typepad.com/law_blog/2011/07/red-light-cameras-who-benefits.html
jack smith April 21, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Petitions have put cameras on the ballot in local elections across the country, and whenever voters are given a choice on the matter, they say “no.” From Maryland to Ohio to Arizona to Illinois, whenever voters get to pull the lever, the cameras get run out of town. Which is why many towns (and the camera companies) have tried to keep the matter out of voters’ hands. In its 2010 annual report, Redflex noted that, while citizens have attempted to introduce ballot measures on cameras in many localities, the company was “actively implementing measures to defend against them” so as to “protect and improve our interests” in these “markets.” That’s not just bare-knuckled Redflex tactics, it’s the industry standard. http://scottandfenderson.typepad.com/law_blog/2011/07/red-light-cameras-who-benefits.html
kingjester21 April 21, 2012 at 05:10 AM
So you're in favor of big brother watching us?
Hollowman April 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM
For every study you find that is against camera's at intersections, one exists that is FOR their installation. Study's like those largely lean towards the backer of said study, and without seeing an actual "double-blind" type study any intellectual person would be safe to assume studies like the ones you have presented are potentially biased towards whoever backed it. And I am not a moron, I am a police officer in the town you are claiming has accidents at those camera's due to those cameras. Again, there have been NO accidents at the intersections DUE TO THE CAMERA'S. All accidents at those intersections can be directly blamed upon one of the drivers either not paying attention, driving careless or recklessly, and/or speeding. If you are driving like a sane, rational, safe driver, you will not get into an accident because of the camera's. I can not defend the idea of removing the camera's because some people may drive carelessly and be forced to slam on the brakes due to their inattention or inability to operate a care safely with respect to other drivers.
kingjester21 April 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
At the very least putting in those red light cameras is a cash grab by the town.
wheres murrow? April 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
its a money grab, plain and simple
wheres murrow? April 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
96 police salaries over $100,000.
darrell April 22, 2012 at 01:18 AM
In a patch report, it stated 70% of people ticketed by the cameras were not registered in the township. We should make a killing this summer. Kingjester 21: I am not afraid Big Brother, he's been around for along time and so have I.
kingjester21 April 22, 2012 at 05:40 AM
So do you own stock in the company that owns the cameras? "We should make a killing this summer" We aren't going to see dime one from this. Our taxes aren't going to go down, the town parks are under kept, our services are still going to be reduced across the board. Brick is basically one giant strip mall, if you start to target those who come to this town to shop you're pretty much cutting out the legs from under us.
jack smith April 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
OK, Hollow man as an officer of this town of course you would be for red light cameras. This money goes towards paying your salary and benefits. Please, stop trying to tell people that these cameras are anything else other than a cash grab. You know these cameras are not intended for the safety of the citizens of this town, Every legitimate study on these cameras shows an increase in accidents at these intersections. You also state that the studies on this topic tend to be biased to one side or another. This is true. The insurance industry has been the leading advocate for red-light cameras since they were first introduced in the United States and it’s worth examining why they push so hard for their installation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is wholly funded by the insurance industry, is often quoted by media as an unbiased source despite the fact they benefit financially from their installation. http://blog.motorists.org/why-the-insurance-industry-loves-red-light-cameras/
darrell April 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
If these cameras save one life, I don't care how much they spend here. You have to obey the rules when driving. Blow a light, you deserve a ticket. Cut and dry. Alot of people think this is still the country and drive like they drive in their city. Don't worry the strip malls will do alright regardless whether they get a ticket or not. Who's targeting them? It's on the camera. They did it to themselves. I wish I had stock in the company. The cameras did well last year, so with these other cameras Brick should do very well this year. I received a ticket when the first camera was installed on Brick Blvd. I was wrong and I admit it. Now it's been a few years and I am more cautious. I just believe in them and you don't so what? I don't feel I was sorted out.
IGGY April 22, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Watch the police........most of them are too busy talking on their cell phones while they are driving........take notice !
jack smith April 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM
First of all these camera lights will not save any lives, they were never intended too. Wake up. These are another form of taxation and revenue for out of state business. Second of all, strip malls are not doing alright. I don't think red light cameras are the reason, but there are way too many empty stores in this town. If you feel these are good then lets install them everywhere. Might as well install speed cameras too. Apparently, only irresponsible drivers go over the posted speed limit.
darrell April 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
You have your opinion and I have mine. That's what this patch is all about, expressing yourself.
darrell April 24, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I see Belmar is considering the red light camers now.


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