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Red Light Cameras May Be Increasing Accidents in Avenel

A NJDOT report shows that rear end collisions jumped at that intersection in the first full year of the pilot programs operation..


Red light cameras may not be the boon to stopping accidents that they once were, according to results published on the pilot program in a NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) report.

The grandfather of red light cameras in Woodbridge, located at the intersection of Route 1 and Avenel Street in Avenel, actually had an increase in rear-ended collisions in the first full year of operation the NJDOT report references.

Drivers involved in accidents at that intersection had a total of $321,700 more damage than they did before the lights were installed.

The figures include the cost of damage to vehicles, the cost of injuries to people in crashes, the severity of injuries, and other measures to assess the impact of the accidents. 

In Avenel, there was one pre-camera crash in the report that showed some possible physical injury and property damage to vehicles. The cost of that single crash was $44,900.

After the installation of the red light camera at Avenel Street, the number of rear-end collisions jumped from one to eight at that intersection. The dollar amount put on physical injuries and vehicle costs was assessed at $359,000.

The number of rear end crashes with property damage alone, and no physical harm to people in vehicles, went up by one, from eight accidents before the Avenel Street camera was installed to nine afterwards. The property damage cost for that type of collision without injuries jumped from $59,200 to $66,600, according to the NJDOT report.

The net result at the Route 1 and Avenel Street intersection showed an increase of $321,700 in the costs of injuries and property damage from rear end collisions. 

The report showed that there were no right-angle crashes, either before or after the red light camera installation, at the Avenel Street intersection. The NJDOT report also broke down the type of accidents from those in which a fatality occurred to those in which there were no injuries, but just property damage. 

The Avenel Street intersection had no deaths or serious injuries in the study, either before the cameras were installed or afterward.

The NJDOT report, which examined camera data from locations in Newark, New Brunswick, Linden,  Brick, Deptford, Glassboro, Gloucester, and Stratford, said that the severity of injuries from right-angle crashes was down 15 percent overall.

"Right-angle crashes tend to cause more severe injuries, especially to drivers," said NJDOT spokesman Joe Dee. 

While right-angle crashes were down in towns studied in the pilot program, the number of rear-end collisions was up 20 percent overall, and the cost among the red light camera intersections studied was up $1.172 million.

The report cautioned that "the data are still too limited to draw any definitive conclusions about the pilot program at this time."

A study done by American Traffic Solutions (ATS), which monitor's the township's red light cameras, said in March, 2012, said that the Avenel Street intersection had seen a 40 percent reduction in the running of red lights.

Woodbridge has three other red light camera intersections: at Route 1 and Green Street; Route 1 and Gill Lane; and the Walmart entrance at Route 184 and West Pond Road. Since those intersections are newer, they were not included in the NJDOT report.

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Ddddddd November 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Money making scam! I hate those cameras
C WEL November 29, 2012 at 01:44 PM
More rear end crashes because people are still trying to beat the light and the car in the front of the accident didn't want to beat it. Don't you people see this. If people were not is such a rush to beat that light, we would not have this problem..... Think about it....................... Without the light, people will be getting T-boned in the middle of the intersection. I love the cameras...........
C WEL November 29, 2012 at 01:48 PM
About the money part. It makes people think about flying thru that red light. Did you ever go thru and cringe because you think that you were tagged? What did you think about that moment? The money it may cost you, not the person you may have hit and possible killed. Grow up people Slow down....Save a life
Tom Maras November 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Wow! What a surprise! Does anyone, except the money graping politicos and they the companies that produce (and self-endorse with the fronts) that these cameras are anything more that cash cows for municipalities? Just look at: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012311280055&nclick_check=1 Notice how another Big Mac type spender, John Wisniewski, D-Middlsex, remains in support of the cameras. Just another example of yet another politician that see $$$'s, not the real cost to safety or public welfare! Write you representative and tell them to kill the cameras, for safety reasons. Contact your car insurance company as well. Tickets cost them nothing, accidents do!!
Linda Wojtowicz November 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I'm not surprised by the increase. Now that there is a countdown clock, I would like to know that stats before and after they were installed.
slyfox1961 November 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@marass: Tom, you are against the community center, solar panels, golf course, red light cameras, and any other type of revenue generating idea that Woodbridge has come up with. Most likely, you are against these things because they were implemented by MAC. Always against, but yet I never hear any of your ideas for the town to generate revenue. You also say that taxes should be lowered, even though you do not pay any. Let’s hear some of your revenue generating ideas, since surely they must be better than MAC's.
sid November 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
all you have to do is put a timer so people know how many seconds till before they stop. with every camera should be a timer it helps alot...
Tom Maras November 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
@slyfox1961 See you are still spinning your tale! How's this. Stop the pork barrel spending, giveaways to other taxing entities, frivolous spending on non-essentials, self-aggrandizing colored postcards about trash ($9K+), rehiring retired friends and supporters, go back to ratables, in lieu of Pilot Programs, etc., and, perhaps, the need to increase taxes around 10% per year in the Land of MacBelieve wouldn't be NECESSARY to feed the beast!
slyfox1961 November 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
@marass: the rehiring of retired personnel with the experience needed to perform the jobs is a good idea, since they do not collect a pension for the new job. This saves the town untold millions of dollars. The community cneter is a money maker, again saving the town money. I am ot aware of any pork spending, unless you are referring to the skate rink, etc., which most people uinder the age of 70 are in favor of. 95k for flyers that promote recycling? Seriously? On a 120 million dollar budget? That's the best you can come up with? PILOT programs still bring money into the town, but not the schools, which is where the increases are comng form, and hurt the most. The town does a good job of holding the line on spending, but since you pay no property taxes you would not know this.
Tom Maras November 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@slyfox1961. Can you try to put all that in understandable English/spelling, before your next lunch break/
OFFICIAL BUSINESS November 29, 2012 at 06:58 PM
slyfox1961: I'm a tax payer of this township at they are the worst township i ever had dealings with, the building subcode division is so much on the take that they APPROVED the crooked bricks replaced on my condo. Just think paying $4,000.00 a year for property taxes on a 900 sq. foot condo. What a rape! Even best of all was hurricane sandy this place was in the dark for 8 days and the only time a police officer went thru was in the daylight hours, only twice. When Wyndmoor condos were built where were the township building inspectors then, there were only 2 clips on my 22' high wall. So much for code. Can't even get out if i wanted to, when units are selling for only $35,000. Hey slyfox1961 since your so far up the johnny mac way, after the storm the woodbridge township employees were allowed to go to township garage and get gas, so they didn't have to wait in line for hours. I here you were first in line Bi!.
slyfox1961 November 29, 2012 at 07:28 PM
@official business: the town employess are considered first responders, and should be allowed to get gas so they can get back and forth to work. Yur 4k in taxes does not all go to the town, perhaps if you actually reviewed your tax bill you would not make riduculous statements like that. As far as the approval of "crooked bricks" the town does not approve or disapprove cosmetic items. That is between you and your contractor. If you were foolish enough to pay for "crooked bricks" that is your problem. Lastly, I am not sure what you are referring to with your statement "I here you were first in line Bi!." Why are you calling me "Bi"?
slyfox1961 November 29, 2012 at 07:31 PM
@marass: Are you for real? Most of the time we can barely make out your inebriated ramblings. Perhaps you have no sensible defense or ideas to back up your claims.
Wilson November 29, 2012 at 08:03 PM
What I want to know is how I can take part in this scam. This is better than hitting the lottery I mean really sit back and enjoy that cash flow. It's not about public safety anymore it's about making money. These cams are NOT and WILL NOT FIX THE ROOT CAUSE. Where ever there's traffic light sooner or later someone will end up running it and it's not all that time that the driver was aiming to beat the light. Some time you have a tail gater and if you slam your brakes due to the light well you know how that turns out. But seriously these traffic cams are much better than hitting the lottery. Scam cams =)
Tom Maras November 29, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@ slyfox1961. Hic, hic,hic! LOL
Tom Maras November 29, 2012 at 09:06 PM
@slyfox1961. Are you for real with: slyfox1961 2:28 pm on Thursday, November 29, 2012 @official business: the town employess are considered first responders, and should be allowed to get gas so they can get back and forth to work. Yur 4k in taxes does not all go to the town, perhaps if you actually reviewed your tax bill you would not make riduculous statements like that. As far as the approval of "crooked bricks" the town does not approve or disapprove cosmetic items. That is between you and your contractor. If you were foolish enough to pay for "crooked bricks" that is your problem. Lastly, I am not sure what you are referring to with your statement "I here you were first in line Bi!." Why are you calling me "Bi"? You are so up the mayor's _ _ _, why would anyone, even a MacPacker or MacDonkey think otherwise. As to the 'bi" question, do you use more than one screen name, or did you just serve, like Mac, under McGreevey?
slyfox1961 November 30, 2012 at 02:50 PM
@marass: I do not have to "be up the mayors _ _ _" to appreciate the good job he is doing. As for the screen names...I am not even aware of anyone using the screen name "bi", so I have no idea what yoou are talking about. Slyfox1961 is the screen name I use, obviously.
rfm November 30, 2012 at 03:21 PM
@slyfox. My Mom lives in Wyndmore, and see said she saw the police there frequently. My nice and her mother, who live in different parts of Woodbridge proper also said the same to me. The went out of their way to tell me how much they appreciated all the public workers and volunteers who were proactive during the outage of electricity.
rfm November 30, 2012 at 03:23 PM
My comment above should have been directed to "Official Business" and not slyfox 1961
slyfox1961 November 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
@official business: Tom, did you stay up all night at the window to count how many times the police drove by?
Tom Maras November 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
@slyfox1961 Now wipe your nose and lips! HeeHaw!
JOHN DAVID RICART December 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
ONE THING THAT MAY HELP AT AVENEL ST & RT 1 IS A NO RIGHT TURN SIGN ON AVENEL ST AT THE FIRE HOUSE GOING WEST. THERE IS ALREADY A RIGHT TURN BEFORE THE FIRE HOUSE WHICH MANY DRIVERS DON'T SEE OR DON'T USE. A SIGN MAY REDUCE THE REAR ENDERS GOING WEST.

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