A traffic cop who never sleeps, never takes a break, never goes home and
never takes his unblinking eye off of the vehicles stopping and going.
That's who's coming to Bergen County.
You might know this traffic cop better as a red-light camera, the controversial
traffic control device designed to help cities issue
traffic tickets. One is about to be set up at an intersection on Palisades Park's
Northjersey.com reports that another red-light camera will go up early
next year at the intersection of Bergen Boulevard and E. Edsall Boulevard.
According to research cited by northjersey.com, approximately 850 people
are killed and another 17,000 are injured annually at red-light camera
intersections across the country.
Critics of the devices claim they encourage drivers to accelerate if they
anticipate a light turning yellow so they can hurry through an intersection
without triggering the digital camera.
The device's cameras capture images of license plates of vehicles entering
or in intersections after a red light has been signaled. The owners of
the vehicles then receive a traffic ticket in the mail, with instructions
on how to pay the fine.
A Palisades patrolman interviewed for the northjersey.com article estimates
he'll spend half of his day reviewing images from the Broad Avenue
light. The police department estimates that 90 drivers violate the red
light law every four hours at that spot.
Palisades Park will only issue tickets to those who have all four wheels
across the stop lines painted on the streets when the light is red.
The city expects to reap $100,000 to $150,000 from its newest member of
its police force.
New Jersey has approved a total of 54 red-light cameras in 25 cities.
"Road Warrior: Red light cameras coming to Bergen": November 12, 2010