Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dumont Wants Red-Light Cameras

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dumont Wants Red-Light Cameras

Article excerpt

Dumont has joined the growing number of New Jersey communities seeking to install red-light cameras at select intersections in hopes that automated controls will reduce accidents, besides bringing in revenue from violations.

A study this spring at three borough intersections, run at no cost to the borough by the Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, saw 105 moving violations in 12 hours.

"That's pretty high," said Borough Administrator John Perkins. "The main concern is safety -- stopping people from making illegal movements."

Dumont will begin to accept proposals from red-light camera companies today. But the town cannot proceed with installation unless its application is accepted by the state Department of Transportation, which is overseeing a red-light pilot program of 85 cameras in 25 communities statewide.

"There's been a lot of interest from municipalities," said Joe Dee, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation who also said there were 37 municipalities on the wait list.

Englewood Cliffs, Palisades Park and Wayne are the only communities in the counties of Bergen and Passaic currently on the state's list. Local wait-listed municipalities include include Paterson, Hasbrouck Heights, Passaic, Fair Lawn and Little Falls.

Pilot communities were selected for high rates of severe crashes at selected intersections.

The state's first red-light cameras were installed in 2009, after the Legislature authorized a study in 2008.

The Department of Transportation is writing its latest report on the crash volume at pilot intersections, with "far more data to analyze," Dee said.

Dumont's three intersections were Washington and Madison avenues, Washington and Grant avenues, and Madison and Prospect avenues. "It's the ones the police department identified as having the most issues with illegal movements or small problems, like running reds and fender-benders," Perkins said. …

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