Red Light Camera Coming to Second East Windsor Intersection
The intersection of Route 130 and Route 571 will be getting a camera by the year's end.
Before the end of the year East Windsor will have a new red light camera at the intersection of Route 130 and Route 571, according to the township and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The camera was approved by the NJDOT in April after the township suggested its location, said NJDOT spokesman Joe Dee.
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said the intersection was a primary concern for the town because of the amount of traffic that passes through.
“Many vehicles use that area as an alternative to the turnpike since it doesn’t have tolls,” Mironov said. “It [the camera] serves as a supplement to local policing and as a safety tool for that area.”
A specific date for the installation of the new cameras has not been set, but Mironov said it should be operational before the end of the year.
Police Chief James Monahan said there will be a 30-day transition period where written warnings are given out. After that period, the department will begin issuing summonses. Monahan said a Traffic Safety Unit officer reviews the video and still images recorded by the cameras before giving a ticket.
“The tripping of the camera by a vehicle does not automatically generate a traffic summons or violation,” Monahan said in a statement. “Only if the police officer reviews the images and establishes that sufficient evidence of a violation exists is authorization made for the issuance of the traffic summons.”
In June, the NJDOT suspended the issuance of tickets at 63 red light cameras across the state, including the East Windsor camera at Route 130 and Dutch Neck Road, to test the yellow light timing. The state lifted the suspension in July and said the yellow lights at those locations met the minimum duration required.
East Windsor installed a red light camera at the intersection of Route 130 and Dutch Neck Road at the end of 2011. When this camera was originally approved, the NJDOT denied cameras at the intersections of Route 130 and Route 571, and at Route 571 and Old Trenton Road.
In the most recent approval, the NJDOT reviewed crash data and violation statistics at the intersection, according to Monahan.