Brick to test cameras to catch drivers who run red lights
Violators would get fines, no points
By TRISTAN J. SCHWEIGER
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
The township is considering installing red light cameras at several intersections in an effort to reduce traffic accidents, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said.
As early as next week, test cameras will be installed at an undetermined intersection to collect data on how often vehicles run the light. Acropolis said the township will use that information to decide whether to install permanent cameras.
"This is about safety. It's about protecting our residents, and there are people who don't care if a light is red — they're going through it," Acropolis said.
Brick officials are considering the devices for a dozen busy intersections around town at places like Route 70 and Chambers Bridge Road and Route 70 and Brick Boulevard.
The state Department of Transportation must approve locations before permanent traffic cameras are installed. Drivers photographed running a red light would receive a fine but not points on their license, and they could view the footage of the violation on a Web site, Acropolis said.
Toms River officials are also considering installing the cameras at the intersection of Route 37 and Route 166, according to Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy.
New Jersey towns were only given the authority to use the devices this year, though they have been in use elsewhere for years, Acropolis said. In January, the Legislature approved a five-year pilot program for the red light cameras.
In Brick, police Capt. John Rein said he believes the presence of the cameras would deter people from illegally crossing an intersection.
"It has the potential to have a positive impact on the higher-risk intersections that we have in town," Rein said.
Brick resident Domenick Brando, 40, said he supports the program.
"There are people that are running red lights. Anything that would increase the safety of the residents, I'm all for it," Brando said.
The test camera will only be running for one 24-hour period, according to Acropolis.