Testing South Jersey red-light cameras to meet new rules

A Gloucester Twp. red-light camera. Ticketing has been halted for now.
A Gloucester Twp. red-light camera. Ticketing has been halted for now. (AKIRA SUWA / Staff)
Posted: June 22, 2012

Traffic engineers were out Wednesday in South Jersey, counting cars and timing traffic to see if red-light cameras could meet a new state rule that has forced a temporary ban on some traffic tickets.

And irate motorists were calling local officials and police, seeking refunds for $85 fines already paid for allegedly running the lights.

The state Department of Transportation on Tuesday ordered 21 towns, including four in Camden and Gloucester Counties, to stop ticketing motorists while the lights were checked.

The state wants to know if the signals have a sufficiently long yellow phase to meet requirements under a pilot program that permitted 25 towns to install red-light cameras.

Cherry Hill is "confident that it has satisfied all DOT requirements" and is working with an engineer to provide the appropriate certification for its red-light cameras at Route 70 and Springdale Road, said township spokesman Jason Springer.

Once towns analyze traffic speeds and light timing and find them in compliance, they can seek state authorization to resume issuing tickets based on the cameras. Any motorist caught by a camera during the ban period could then be issued a ticket retroactively.

Cameras in Deptford and Gloucester Township have already been certified and are unaffected by Tuesday's order.

Cameras are in place at these intersections in Camden and Gloucester Counties:

Cherry Hill: Route 70 and Springdale Road.

Stratford: U.S. 30 and White Horse Road/Berlin Road.

Gloucester Township: Four locations on Blackwood-Clementon Road.

Deptford: Route 41 and Deptford Center Road.

Glassboro: Route 47 and Dalton Drive.

Monroe: Black Horse Pike and Sicklerville Road.

In Pennsylvania, only Philadelphia is permitted to have red-light cameras, and motorists caught by cameras at 21 city intersections have paid about $50 million in fines since the program started in 2005.

Contact Paul Nussbaum at 215-854-4587 or pnussbaum@phillynews.com.

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