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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 , 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 . 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.

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Jake August 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Big brother is watching. I think these cameras should be banned.
Jay L August 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
2 cameras on the same road one right after the other? This is rediculous! why not install one at every intersection in the town?
Glenn B. Reday August 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Law enforcement can't be everywhere at once. If properly calibrated I believe devices of this type will serve to make everyone safer. We have a lot of 'newly-minted' drivers in the area. I see infractions that run the gamut, every day, which would make a thinking person cringe. When has it ever been lawful to cross a solid white line at an intersection; or to change lanes while moving through an intersection? The jockeying for position while coming to a red signal has gotten completely out of hand. This isn't Le Mans where a staggered starts are the norm. People, in general, seem to drive as though harried and perpetually late for some appointment and some still insist on driving while distracted; cell phone in-hand and stuck to their ears. I would like see a stepped-up effort to revoke the licenses of repeat offenders. Also, speed limits are intended to aid traffic flow in that reaction times are calculated to safely allow for contingencies on any particular road and conditions. It is getting like Dodge City out there on the roadways. People, slow down; please.
Jennifer Schwarz August 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
What about winter time when it is sometimes not safe to stop due to ice. Will we get tickets for being safe? Do they think about that?
Jennifer Schwarz August 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Also one day I had a big truck on my tail. I was afraid to stop quick for him. If there was a camera am I now in trouble for not wanting my car smashed?
Gary H. Lucas August 11, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I say BOYCOTT red light cameras! Slow down and stop at red lights. Ten other cars behind you will be forced to slow down behind you. In six months the camera companies will go broke and pull them out of our town.
Charles Cohen August 11, 2012 at 04:45 AM
This is just another form of revenue for the township. I am a professional driver, and base part of my decision to go thru a yellow light on the safety factor(tailgating from people behind). Now we will have to choose between stopping and getting rear ended and going thru the light and get a fine. I personally believe it is time to get a rid of our mayor. She needs to retire, before she does anymore damage to east windsor. Glenn you are out of touch with what red light cameras do. They dont slow down cars, they make people have to make split second decisions on whether to speed up or stop at the light, depending on the situation.
Glenn B. Reday August 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Charles, your observations with regard to the tailgating problem speaks to my concern for the heightened degree of impatience, distraction and lawlessness on the roads. Are all Yellow, or Caution intervals created the same? Are they of the same duration? One has to get to know their intersections as I believe that the duration of a yellow can vary. My high school driving instructor, the football coaching legend of Neshaminy High School, Mr. Jack Swartz, would instruct his pupils to observe the traffic signals within their nominal field of view to determine whether a Green signal was "stale". Meaning that, if you first observed a traffic signal, and noted that it was green, it was reasonable to expect the imminent change to yellow then red. The fact that you and others note the presence of tailgaters, breathing down your neck like they were drafting you on the backstretch at Daytona, is something to be aware of. Slow down and let them pass you. And always maintain a cautious approach to any intersection. Scan, side-of-the-eye, and at all times be aware.
casperspooks August 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM
It's easy to let emotions have one overlook vetted facts from traffic reports: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/life-line-healthful-habits-made-simple/2012/may/22/red-light-cameras-increasing-safety-or-profits/ Excerpt from article: "Since the proponents of red-light cameras have made safety the central argument for their implementation, it’s only fair to refer to studies to examine whether they are serving their intended purpose. The Virginia Transportation Research Council conducted a seven-year study at 28 intersections with red light cameras in six jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. They found that the crash rate actually increased by 12 percent at these intersections after implementation of red-light cameras. It turned out that the cameras were a double-edged sword; red-light running crash rates decreased by 42 percent, but rear-end collisions increased 27 percent. The increase in total crashes, despite the significant reduction in red-light running crashes, was due to the fact that there were four times more rear end collisions than red-light running crashes. Surprisingly, the most telling aspect of this study was that half the jurisdictions experienced an increase in injuries from crashes after implementing red light cameras. The researchers concluded that “the study did not show a definitive safety benefit associated with camera installation with regard to all crash types, all crash severities, and all crash jurisdictions.”
Glenn B. Reday August 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Casper, if my suggestion for slowing down was tried, which in this neck-of-the-woods would involve just doing the speed limit, then primarily only those wishing to play 'bumper cars' would get involved in intersection rock'em, sock'em. My take. Also, who here reading these comments knows what a 'Yield' sign indicates?
casperspooks August 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Your suggestion can be tried without the cameras. As the studies highlight, the cameras are a revenue generator in safety-sheep's clothing.
Glenn B. Reday August 11, 2012 at 07:25 PM
So, just hang back and the cameras will not, theoretically, be a problem for you, for other law abiding drivers and the 'pure at heart'. The rest will have to worry. And pay-up!
Gary H. Lucas August 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Rte 130/33 is a state road. So it is likely to be heavily traveled by people from out of town. If we put up enough red light cameras that us locals know about, we may be able to eliminate property taxes altogether, on the backs of people we don't even know!
Just Saying August 12, 2012 at 05:06 AM
The ones who travel these roads most often, the locals (people who live and work in East Windsor), will be the ones most affected by these red light cameras. I do not care how good of a driver you are. It comes down to the law of averages. I know the mayor claims it is because "vehicles use that area as an alternative to the turnpike since it doesn’t have tolls,” but it is the ones who use the road most often that"ll be most susceptible to get a ticket. Because like I said, it is just the law of averages.
casperspooks August 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
According to your theory, we can all "hang back" and risk getting rear ended at a MUCH HIGHER rate than ever before. The studies demonstrate that your assumptions and theories about law-abiders not having to worry is weak at best.
Charles Cohen August 13, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Glenn, your assumptions of knowing your intersections, works fine if you are a local in your own community, but people driving thru these intersections are not all local east windsor residents. They do not know the timing of the lights and if you new anything about the intersection of Rt. 571 and Rt 130, you would know that it is impossible during most times to "slow down" and let the pass you. This intersection is always backed up going southbound during rush hours and when the turnpike is backed up. My experience with out of town impatient drivers is that if you slow down to let them pass usually they will then have a case of road rage. When Mr. Jack Swartz of Neshimany high school taught you how to drive, east windsors traffic was probably 1/2 of what it is now. Ps. I drive about 100,000 miles a year, do you even have a car?
LR August 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Due to Red Light cameras, every single time I approach any intersection with a traffic light I speed up (gun it) until I pass the intersection. Although this is not a safe practice, this is the only way to avoid a ticket should the light turn amber and red while driving. I hope New Jersey bans ALL Red Light cameras soon; I hate driving with the Fear of getting a ticket everytime I pass a traffic light.
vinny March 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Well that will be another intersection I will avoid at all costs. The business around those two intersections with red light cams will never see any of my money spent there.
Charles Cohen March 09, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Guess what everyone, the police chief of Lawrenceville announced that there are MORE accidents with the red light cameras not less. The problem in East Windsor is the Mayor and council vote for these revenue producing items, the police enforce the regulations like the good guestapo that they are, and finally the Kangeroo Court with its Guilty until proven innocent set of rules, makes sure that you will be ticketed, and found guilty no matter what you say or prove. Then to put the icing on the cake the court will hit you with court costs, to "convince" you to just pay.

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