The National Motorist Association brought in a certified traffic engineer from Virginia. They checked about 40 red light camera intersections across NJ which were selected totally at random, including some that were suspended for re-certification. When the weather permitted, they checked the prevailing traffic speed, the way they claim it should be done. At some intersections, they could only time the yellow lights and match them against the posted speed limit. Below is what they found.
The National Motorist Association's Results:
1) CHERRY HILL: Rt. 70 and Springdale Road (CR 673) intersection (a formerly suspended site) -- The posted speed is 40 mph -- but the traffic flowed at 47 mph. That means, the yellow light is FOUR (4) seconds long, but it should be 4.5 seconds long.
2) GLOUCESTER TWP: Blackwood-Clementon Rd., at CR 706 -- the posted speed limit is 45 mph. The yellow light's FOUR seconds long. It should be at least 4.5 seconds long.
3) GLOUCESTER TWP: Blackwood-Clementon Rd., at Little Gloucester Rd. (CR 759) -- the posted speed limit is 50 mph. The yellow light is FOUR seconds long. It should be FIVE seconds long.
4) NEW BRUNSWICK: Easton Ave. and Park Blvd. -- the posted speed limit is 25 mph. The yellow light's THREE seconds long. But the traffic actually flows at 39 mph, so the yellow light should be at least 3.5 seconds long. And that's so borderline -- it could be FOUR seconds.
5) EAST BRUNSWICK: Rt. 18 and Tices Lane -- The posted speed limit is 45 mph, and the yellow's FIVE seconds long. The traffic actually flows at 54 mph. Again -- it's a borderline 5.5 seconds.
Click here for the National Motorists Association website.