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Information Guide on Re-Certified Red Light Cameras in NJ

The following facts regarding red light camera tickets have been provided by Steve Carrellas, New Jersey Chapter Coordinator for the National Motorists Association. If you were issued a ticket prior to July 24th from a suspended camera, this may help you if you were planning on fighting it. We’ve had so many callers say that they are afraid to make a right on red for fear of getting a red light ticket now. We’ve put an explanation of that rule in here as well to help you understand your rights as a motorist here in NJ if indeed you were issued a red light camera ticket for making a right turn on red.

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FAQ – What if I was issued a red light camera ticket prior to July 24th?

 

Answer – You should call the court that issued the ticket and plead not guilty.

Dismissing a RLC Ticket at a Formerly Suspended Intersection

 

The courts are processing RLC tickets now that the suspension has been lifted. Any motorist with an unpaid RLC ticket that was issued prior to July 24 from an intersection that was previously suspended should call in to the court and plead not guilty. At the court date, the motorist should request (starting with the prosecutor) the ticket to be dismissed because the yellow timing was not certified for use with a camera at the time the violation was issued. If the prosecutor is not willing to accept that and dismiss the case, the motorist should make a motion for dismissal directly to the judge on the same basis when the case comes before the judge.

 

How RLC Violations are Triggered

 FAQ – What causes a red light camera to take a picture in the first place?

 

Answer: When you back tire crosses the photo line while the traffic light is red.

A motorist will trigger the RLC system with an alleged violation if the motorist enters the intersection (straight through) once the signal turns red. The trigger line is usually the Stop Line. The method of trigger may vary by camera vendor. ATS claims that the rear tires of the vehicle have to cross the trigger line when the signal is red for a violation to register.

 

The system does not register a violation if the motorist passes the trigger point while the signal is green or yellow and it does not track if the motorist clears the intersection before the signal turns red.

 

For Right Turn on Red Violations, if the video shows the motorist came to a complete stop in front of the Stop Line before proceeding, that is evidence of an invalid violation that shouldn’t have been approved by the reviewing police officer. There is no time requirement under NJ law for remaining stopped before proceeding. That evidence can be used in court to have the case dismissed. Variations of this scenario can also be fought in court. A typical variation has the motorist stopping just after the Stop Line but not otherwise entering the intersection.

The following section is from the NJMVC Driver’s Manual and defines what what to do at a yellow light and turning right on red. Nowhere in the manual does it say anything about a ’3 second stop’ as many motorists have been told they need to do when a red light camera is present before turning right on red. The links to the direct pages of the manual have been provided.


FAQ – How long do I have as a driver to get through the intersection if the light turns yellow?

Answer: If you are coming to an intersection, you should safely attempt to stop but avoid slamming on the brakes. If you are in the intersection and the light turns from green to yellow, proceed through the intersection with caution.

From the NJMVC Driver Manual

- Driver Safety

 

Yellow Light

A motorist should stop before entering the intersection or crosswalk, unless his/her vehicle is so close to the intersection that it cannot be stopped safely. A yellow arrow means the signal is changing from green to red and gives the motorist a chance to stop safely. Be prepared for it to change to yellow and then red.

Click the link here, to read the full rules and regulations page.

Signs, signals and traffic rules indicate when a motorist must stop. A motorist should never try to beat a traffic light change. A motorist must be careful even if the light is changing to green (fresh green light). There may be other vehicles coming through or still in the intersection. Most accidents at traffic signals happen in the first few seconds after the light has changed. When a yellow light follows a green light, a motorist must stop before entering the intersection, unless yellow appears when the vehicle is too close to stop safely. If the light changes while a driver is already in the intersection, he/she should go through with caution. Be alert for a stale green light; this is a light that has been green for some time.

Be prepared for it to change to yellow and then red. Slow down and stop accordingly.

 

A motorist must stop when:

At an intersection with a stop sign

At an intersection with a red light either flashing or illuminated

At an intersection with a yellow light after a green, unless too close to stop safely

When a traffic officer orders the vehicle to stop

When there is a yield sign, and traffic does not permit a safe merge

When a school bus is picking up or letting off children and/or the red lights are flashing

When coming from an alley, private driveway or building

At a bridge span that is about to open for boat traffic

For a blind pedestrian using a white or metallic walking cane, or a trained guide dog, or a guide dog instructor engaged in instructing a guide dog

For a pedestrian in a crosswalk or at an intersection

For a motorized wheelchair or mobility-assistance device in a crosswalk or at an intersection

 

Single white stop lines show motorists where to stop at stop signs or traffic signals.


FAQ – How long do I have to stop at a red light before making a right turn? Is there a set amount of time I have to wait before making a right at a red light?


Answer:  There is no set time in the NJ driver’s manual that you have to be stopped at a red light before making a right turn. You have to come to a full stop and once the area is clear, you may proceed with caution.

 

Click here, to read the full article about turning right on red.

Unless a No Turn on Red sign is posted, New Jersey law authorizes a right turn on a red light after a motorist comes to a full stop and checks for traffic. A motorist must yield to all oncoming traffic and pedestrians before turning right at a red light. Difficult-to-see vehicles, such as bicycles and mopeds, may have a green light, so it is important for a motorist to be aware of their presence. (N.J.S.A. 39:4-115) Always use a proper turn signal at least 100 feet before making any turn, and cancel the signal after completing the turn. (N.J.S.A. 39:4-126)


FAQ – Was every red light camera re-certified in NJ?Where are the re-certified cameras located?

 

Answer: No. Not every red-light camera was re-certified. Below is the list of every re-certified camera in NJ.

 

Here is the complete list of re-certified cameras in NJ

Red Light Running Camera Authorizations

Municipality      Intersection         Action

Englewood Cliffs -

RT US 9W (Sylvan Avenue) and Palisade Avenue   Recertified – 7/24

Palisades Park -

RT US 46 EB Ramp to Broad Avenue    Recertified – 7/24

RT 63 (Bergen Blvd.) and Brinkerhoff Avenue Recertified – 7/24

RT 63 (Bergen Blvd.) and East Central Boulevard (CR 501/CR 5 )   Recertified – 7/24

RT 63 (Bergen Blvd.) and Edsall Boulevard  Recertified – 7/24

Cherry Hill Township -

RT 70 and Springdale Road   Recertified – 7/24

Gloucester Township -

Blackwood-Clementon Road (Co. Rt. 534) and Cherry wood D  Not affected

Blackwood-Clementon Road (Co. Rt. 534) and Blenheim/Erial/  Not affected

Blackwood-Clementon Road (Co. Rt. 534) and Little Glouceste   Not affected

Blackwood-Clementon Road (Co. Rt. 534) and Millbridge Road   Not affected

Stratford Borough – RT US 30 W/B Jughandle & White Horse Road (Co. Rt. 673) an  Recertified – 7/24

Newark City -

McCarter Highway and Market Street  Recertified – 7/24

Broad Street and Murray Street  Recertified – 7/24

Mulberry Street and Market Street Recertified – 7/24

McCarter Highway and Lafayette Street   Recertified – 7/24

Broad Street and Market Street Recertified – 7/24

Raymond Boulevard, Market Street and Prospect Street  Recertified – 7/24

Raymond Boulevard and Raymond Plaza West Recertified – 7/24

McCarter Highway and Edison Place  Recertified – 7/24

Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard Recertified – 7/24

McCarter Highway and South Street  Recertified – 7/24

Stockton Street and Delancy Avenue  Recertified – 7/24

Market Street and Washington Street Recertified – 7/24

Market Street and University Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Wilson Avenue and Doremus Avenue   Recertified – 7/24

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Court Street  Recertified – 7/24

Washington Street and Central Avenue  Recertified – 7/24

Bergen Street and West Runyon Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Bergen Street and Avon Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Raymond Boulevard and Lockwood Street Recertified – 7/24

Deptford Township

RT 41 and Deptford Center Road Not affected

Glassboro Borough -

RT 47 and Dalton Drive  Recertified – 7/24

Monroe Township

RT 42 and RT US 322/Co. Rt. 536 Spur Recertified – 7/24

Jersey City

JF Kennedy Boulevard (CR 501) and Communipaw Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Jersey Avenue and 18th Street Not affected

Jersey Avenue and Christopher Columbus Drive – Not affected

Merseles Avenue and Montgomery Street  Not affected

RT US 1&9/RT 440 and Communipaw Avenue (CR 612) – Main  Not affected

RT US 1&9 T and Newark Avenue/RT 7 Ramp Not affected

RT US 1&9 and Sip Avenue Not affected

RT 139 and JF Kennedy Boulevard (CR 501) Not affected

JF Kennedy Boulevard (CR 501) and Duncan Avenue Not affected

JF Kennedy Boulevard (CR 501) and Montgomery Street Not affected

Tonnele Avenue and Newark Avenue Not affected

14th Street and Jersey Avenue Not affected

RT US 1&9 and Manhattan Avenue Not affected

East Windsor Township -

RT US 130 and Dutch Neck Road Recertified – 7/24

RT US 130 and Stockton Street (CR 571) Recertified – 7/24

Lawrence Township-

RT US 1 and Baker’s Basin Road/Franklin Corner Road (SAFE C) Recertified – 7/24

East Brunswick -

RT 18 and Tices Lane Not affected

Edison Township

RT US 1 and Plainfield Avenue (SAFE CORRIDOR) Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1 and Prince Street Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1 and Wooding Avenue (SAFE CORRIDOR) Recertified – 7/24

New Brunswick City -

Easton Avenue (Co. Rt. 527) and Park Boulevard – Not affected

Piscataway Township -

Stelton Road and Centennial Avenue Recertified – 7/24

New Brunswick Avenue and Stelton Road Recertified – 7/24

Centennial Avenue and Old New Brunswick Recertified – 7/24

South Randolphville Road and Centennial Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Ethel Road and Stelton Road  Recertified – 7/24

Stelton Road and Washington Avenue  Recertified – 7/24

Woodbridge

RT US 1 and Avenel Street (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1 and Gill Lane/Woodbridge Center Drive (SAFE CORRIDOR) Not affected

RT US 1 and Green Street (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Not affected

RT 184 and Walmart Shopping Center  Not affected

Brick Township

Brick Boulevard and Chambers Bridge Road (Co. Rt. 549) Recertified – 7/24

RT 70 and Chambers Bridge Road (Co. Rt. 549)  Recertified – 7/24

RT 70 and Brick Boulevard (Co. Rt. 631)  Recertified – 7/24

Wayne Township

Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike and Black Oak Ridge Road  Recertified – 7/24

Linden City -

RT US 1&9 and South Stiles Street (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1&9 and Morses Mill Road (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1&9 and Avenue C (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1&9 and South Park Avenue (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Recertified – 7/24

RT 27 and North Stiles Street Recertified – 7/24

Rahway City

RT 27 (St. Georges Avenue) and Maple Avenue Recertified – 7/24

RT 27 (St. Georges Avenue) and West Inman Avenue Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1&9 and East Grand Avenue (SAFE CORRIDOR)  Recertified – 7/24

RT US 1&9 and East Milton Road/Paterson Street (SAFE CORR  Recertified – 7/24

Roselle Park Borough

RT 28 (Westfield Avenue) and Locust Street Recertified – 7/24

Springfield Township

RT 82 and Maple Avenue Recertified – 7/24

RT 124 EB/RT 82 and RT 124 WB/Meisel Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Union Township -

RT 82 and Stuyvesant Avenue (CR 619) Recertified – 7/24

RT 82 and Salem Road (CR 509) Recertified – 7/24

RT 82 and Liberty Avenue (CR 637) Recertified – 7/24

RT 124 EB/RT 82 and RT 124 WB/Meisel Avenue Recertified – 7/24

Pohatcong Township

RT US 22 and RT US 122 (New Brunswick Avenue) Recertified – 7/24

RT US 22 and CR 519 Recertified – 7/24


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