West Long Branch Continuing Pursuit of Red Light Cameras

Borough sent out request for proposal for cameras in early March

West Long Branch is continuing its push to add red light cameras to some of the borough's most dangerous intersections.

The borough issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the cameras earlier this month and will likely award a contract at its April 3 council meeting.

A red light camera is a traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection against a red traffic light. By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the camera produces evidence that assists police departments in their enforcement of traffic laws.

Sgt. Brian Kramer of the West Long Branch Police Traffic Safety Bureau said the borough was approached about being a town that could use the red light cameras about four years ago.

American Traffic Solutions did a study of some of the major intersections and Kramer said the number of violations were "astronomically high."

Kramer said if the borough were to participate in the program, red light cameras would likely be added to the intersections at Monmouth Road and Wall Street, Route 36 and Route 71 (Monmouth Road) and Broadway and Route 36.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) would have to approve the borough's use of the cameras before they can be installed.

The borough must apply to be in the DOT's pilot program for the cameras, and there are currently no open slots. If one of the slots opens up, West Long Branch would be placed on a waiting list.

The legislation that allows the red light camera pilot program expires in December, 2014, and that it would have to be extended for more cameras to be installed throughout the state.

Kramer said the vendor chosen by the borough will submit an application for the cameras to the state. He said the borough will not incur any costs for the application to be sent to the state.

He said an automated license plate recognition system would also be part of the borough's red light camera system. This would allow the red light camera to identify if and when a stolen car passes through one the intersections.

carl pinto March 30, 2013 at 03:57 PM
These camaras are nothing but more money for the town,they don,t work its like another tax its a good way for WLB to get more money plain and simple,there is no need for these camaras if the cops were doing there jobs.....
Jon billup March 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I love the idea. More drug arrests :) there are plenty of druggies and alcohol a users out there in west long branch.
ken schaefer March 30, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Tom, IMO, we Jersey drivers are much more responsible than drivers in CA, and LA. I regularly visit family in both states and I've never seen so much changing lanes without signalling, highspeed tailgating on I-10 and indifference to fellow motorists.
Thomas A. Blasi March 31, 2013 at 07:21 AM
Several posters maintain that New Jersey has some of the best drivers; they maintain that through experience driving in other states, its worse. Unfortunately the statistics and records compiled by state & local police and insurance companies do not substantiate that. Based on the number of moving violation citations, accidents, motor vehicle deaths, NJ is at the bottom of the list. In fact one of the reasons our auto insurance rates in NJ are so high is because of the fender benders in NJ.
ramon rodriguez March 31, 2013 at 03:32 PM
We are more populated per square mile,so the numbers tend to look higher for NJ.The Moneycams tend to cause more rear end collisions.find the study for that.Nobody is going to drive thru an amber light signal causing the drivers to stop prematurely and a posible rear end collision.The Moneycams are placed only to generate money illegally from motorists,that's the reason no points are issued to your drivers license.All the money gets splitup between the camera suplyers and the town,what the towns do with the money? Goes right down the ole Rat hole.


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