Borough Seeks Traffic Camera at Treacherous Intersection
The borough will apply for a spot in the state's Red Light Running Automated Enforcement Program.
The borough will apply to have a traffic safety camera installed at the intersection of Fair Lawn Avenue and Saddle River Road through the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Red Light Running (RLR) Automated Enforcement Program.
The RLR program, established in 2008 by then-Governor Jon Corzine, was intended to determine the effectiveness of traffic control signal monitoring systems in New Jersey. Municipalities able to identify an intersection in their community with a documented history of red light running where other methods of enforcement have failed to decrease violations or crashes are eligible to apply for a traffic control signal monitoring system.
As defined by the NJDOT's website, a traffic control signal monitoring system is, "an integrated system or device utilizing a camera, or a multiple camera system, and vehicle sensors which work in conjunction with a traffic control signal to produce images of vehicles disregarding a red signal or 'running a red light.'"
Once a traffic monitoring system is installed, a motorist caught on camera running a red light will receive a summons in the mail.
Before the borough can even apply to have the monitoring system installed, however, council must pass an ordinance designating the intersection for use with such a traffic control monitoring system. Council will vote on the ordinance on first reading Tuesday.
Traffic safety officer Timothy Franco said that while Fair Lawn Avenue and Saddle River Road isn't the most frequent scene for vehicle accidents in town, it is the intersection where the majority of crashes with injuries occur.