Red Light Camera Could Save Town, Taxpayers $1.1 Million

American Traffic Solutions concludes that camera will save Wayne residents an average of $231,000 annually.

According to a study, the red-light camera at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Black Oak Ridge Road could save the township and taxpayers more than $1.1 million between now and 2015, an average savings of $231,000 annually.

American Traffic Solutions (ATS) commissioned a cost-savings study of red light safety cameras in 25,000 municipalities in the United States, including Wayne.

The study factored the amount of money saved by preventing motor vehicle crashes and the reassigning of law enforcement officials to other assignments and dangerous intersections.

ATS calculated part of the savings by applying the total costs throughout an accident victim’s lifetime and the number of expected crash reductions from the camera.

According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, an average of 885 people died and another 165,000 were injured in red-light running collisions annually between 2000 and 2009.

The camera last year. Since that time it has in violations at the intersection.

temporarily for drivers who run red lights at the intersection earlier this year. Authorities need to determine if yellow lights at the intersection are being displayed for the proper length of time.

The camera remains operational and police are collecting violators’ information, but no summonses are being issued.

Summonses will be sent out once the light is tested and certified to be compliant by the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

Police Chief John Reardon said that the light complies to all of the DOT's operational standards.

"We're just waiting for the go ahead to start issuing summonses again," Reardon said.

Reardon said the target date to begin issusing summonses again is in early August. 

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Roger July 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The same fuzzy math would yield the same dollar savings just by adding 1 second to the minimum yellow light time. In fact, at a busy intersection it would save additionally hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines being paid. Money which would stay in the local economy and have a regenerative effect. Money which mostly goes to the camera vendor now.
Brian Ceccarelli July 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Correct. Cities should not break the law. Chris, you are approaching a green light at 45 mph. You are 10 ft from the intersection when the light suddenly changes from green to red. No yellow. You assert, "Bottom line: don't break the law." Well . . . you have no choice but to run that red light. You are a lawbreaker. Do you not have a problem with that? The need for a yellow light and the amount of time given the yellow light are hard-wired into the universe. Given speed and safe deceleration rate (the latter being a fixed constant by measurement), the laws of physics demand the yellow light be 6 seconds + the time you need to perceive the signal change. For all driving scenarios, a driver requires at least 7 seconds to safely stop or safely proceed into the intersection. The city gives you 4.5 seconds. Chris, do you have a problem with this? Given the federal standards of setting yellow lights, in order to obey the law as we so desire, we have to break laws--unbreakable laws of physics. That is the reason why there are 100,000 crashes and 1000 deaths per year at signalized intersections in the USA. It is also the reason why the red light camera companies are in business. There is a blunder in the formula traffic engineers use to set yellow. The blunder is obvious to the physicist, but engineers do not know physics. I am a physicist.
Observer July 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The "savings" includes the vendors estimates of the costs of POSSIBLE medical costs of PSSIBLE injuries from POSSIBLE accidents they ASSUME are prevented. These are not real dollars in savings to either the town, or it's residents or taxpayers - see paragraphs 3 & 4 of the article. Then, as cited by Brian and Jim below, areas that were early adopters are finding NO significant decrease in accident rates, and in fact most of those early adopters are dropping their programs, Bottom line, it's about the revenue. As in almost ANYTHING, when they tell you it's not about the money, IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY.
Emanon July 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM
"SAVE MONEY" and "SAVE THE CHILDREN" are 2 excuses constantly used to RAM THROUGH unpopular legislation by politicians. Remember when the state income tax was rammed through to help education and make it fair for all students? The money has been squandered and some of the children are still dumb as corn cobs!
Anonymous July 20, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Those cameras are unconstitutional and a violation of your civil rights. Light, Camera and Timing are off just like the rest across the country. The yellow at Hamburg and BORR is a trap. As my stepdad used to say, " in Jersey yellow lights are red lights". That rule of thumb you should be fine. If you get a ticket contest it.


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