SOURCE: City of Linden

October 24, 2014 10:00 ET

Linden City Council Urges Continuation of Red-Light Safety Cameras

LINDEN, NJ--(Marketwired - October 24, 2014) - The City of Linden, New Jersey, is speaking out in favor of the State's red-light safety camera program and urging legislators to continue the program beyond 2014. The council made its opinion known on Tuesday with the unanimous passage of a resolution supporting "legislation renewing the red-light camera program at the end of the current pilot program."

"The City of Linden supports the renewal of the red light camera program in the interest of public safety, as the program has a proven record of reducing traffic accidents at selected intersections," the resolution states.

As evidence that the program is making a difference in Linden, the resolution cites the dramatic change at Route 1 and 9 before and after cameras arrived in 2010. Before the cameras, the Accident Investigation Unit (AI) of the Linden Police Department responded to an average of fifteen (15) responses per year with a high of twenty four (24). Last year the LPD AI unit responded to thee and in 2012 four call outs. Zero fatalities have occurred on Route 1 and 9 in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The City also cites the 84% decrease in the number of red-light running violations as a safety improvement. Fewer tickets indicate drivers are changing their behavior and stopping on red, instead of racing through the light and risking a dangerous right-angle collision.

The resolution is to be sent to Gov. Chris Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, State Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, State Assemblypersons, Linda Stender and Jerry Green, the New Jersey League of Municipalities, and all Union County municipalities.

Linden Councilman Peter Brown also states that the experts in the field, including the New Jersey Traffic Officers Association and the Union County Traffic Officers Associations, support for the RLR program. "These are the accident re-constructionists and traffic safety experts in the State of New Jersey, we have to rely on their opinions."

Councilman Brown further states, "Linden is the crossroads of Union County and New Jersey, we have major state and interstate roadways such as; Route 278, Route 1 & 9, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike, not to mention the largest refinery on the East Coast and an airport. This city has so much traffic and critical infrastructure to protect, taking advantage of a tool like the red light cameras allows us to better allocate our limited police resources to better protect the public. One officer can monitor the cameras for keeping our highways safe will several others can protect the critical infrastructure, another can patrol out downtown business district and others and provide the community related services that the residents of Linden can expect."

"Red-light safety cameras are designed to change driver behavior and that is what we are seeing take place in Linden. This program will continue to make the streets safer in our city and elsewhere in New Jersey if the opportunity is made available," said Peter Brown. "I thank my fellow council members for supporting this resolution, and I urge our state lawmakers to extend this program for the benefit of everyone driving in New Jersey."

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Sgt. Michael Babulski
    Traffic Bureau Commander
    Linden Police Department
    908.474.8505