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7,000+ Tickets Later: Are Red Light Cameras Doing the Trick?

American Traffic Solutions says they're working in Woodbridge.


In 2011, the installed at four intersections in Woodbridge Township garnered more than 7,000 tickets, and more than 97 percent of the tickets were to people who lived outside the township.

So said American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the Arizona-based company that installed and maintains Woodbridge's red light cameras.

The lion's share of the tickets during 2011 were at the , the granddaddy of red light camera roadways in Woodbridge since their installation in 2010.

, most of which were up and running in December, is still young. are at Route 1 and Green Street; Route 1 and Gill Lane; and the Walmart entrance at Route 184 and West Pond Road.

ATS put out a press release with interesting facts toted up at their red light camera systems, not only in Woodbridge, but in Brick Township, Deptford, Glassboro Borough, Gloucester, and Linden.

They say that the Avenel Street and Route 1 site has seen "a 40 percent reduction" in the running of red lights. 

The system is working, ATS said, because "98% of the vehicles that received a violation have not received another red-light running violation." This "indicates, a high level of compliance with the program and a low rate of recidivism." 

Other ATS facts about Woodbridge:

  • The most red-light running violations occur on Fridays, the fewest on Wednesdays.
  • Red-light running violations are most common at noon.
  • Over 80 drivers were caught ignoring the traffic signal on Saturday at noon, making it the most dangerous combined hour and day for red-light running in Woodbridge.
Barnet Fagel March 13, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Does the word "safety" appear even once in the camera contract? Does the camera contract have any "safety milestones" as a safety incentive? The answer is no. Although touted as safety devices, the contract totally avoids the subject of reducing crashes, injuries and deaths.
gary renfield March 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Outrageous the ticket is $140 !!! I no longer go right on red at ANY light. And since some 'yellow' lights seem shorter... I accelerate into a green-light intersection... If 'yellow' I slam on the brakes no matter what to avoid the chance of costing me more than I can afford... THIS IS A CASH COW, NOT TEACHING SAFETY... the town will come to depend on this 'income' ! If the problem is ONLY a few intersections.. put a patrolman there at key times... they seem to know when those times are !!! (long-time woodbridge resident here)... I feel less safe on the road now !
jan murphy April 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I hate these...not because they give tickets but because they are dangerous. People stop short at a yellow or speed up to go through them. I feel that if there is a camera there , there should also be a walk sign for pedestrians. The drivers can see the number of seconds left before the light turns. I find that to be a safer way to drive through the intersection.

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