The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be implementing Red Light Camera Enforcement at the intersection of 14th Street and Jersey Avenue in Jersey City, NJ beginning XXDATE. During a 30-day trial phase from DATE to DATE, violators will receive a warning in the mail. Starting DATE, violators cited for running a red light will receive an $85 ticket.
Frequent right-angle crashes have occurred at the intersection of 14th Street and Jersey Avenue, near the busy exit of the Holland Tunnel. Red light running is one of the main causes for these right-angle crashes. One of these crashes was fatal, and 23 others caused personal injuries.
Despite multiple improvements to the intersection of 14th Street and Jersey Avenue, this location still experiences a high number of right-angle crashes. The Port Authority has made numerous engineering improvements to the intersection of 14th Street and Jersey Avenue in an effort to reduce the number and severity of crashes, and its Police Department has carried out an aggressive enforcement campaign. Despite these efforts, there are significant numbers of right-angle crashes at this intersection. Due to this crash history and insufficient improvement from previous safety efforts, the Port Authority is implementing red light camera enforcement to reduce right-angle collisions and increase traffic safety.
Red light cameras automatically photograph vehicles whose drivers run red lights. A violation occurs when a driver deliberately enters an intersection after the signal has turned red. Drivers who are already in an intersection when the signal changes to red—while waiting to turn, for example—are not running a red light, so they are not ticketed.
The cameras are connected to the traffic signal and to sensors that monitor traffic flow just before the crosswalk or stop line. If the system detects motion at the stop line or crosswalk after the signal has turned red, cameras will capture two images of the violation taken from the rear of the vehicle. The first image shows the vehicle at the stop bar or crosswalk and the red light. The second image shows the vehicle in the middle of the intersection with the red light. The license plate is recorded from a close-up from one of the images. Cameras record the date, time of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal, vehicle speed, and license plate. Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation consisting of the six seconds before and after the vehicle ran the red light. Tickets are mailed to owners of violating vehicles, based on a police review of photographic evidence.
Instructions for responding to citations are printed on the back of the mailed citation and posted on the Jersey City website.
Violations will be assessed an $85 statutory penalty under NJ Title 39:4-81. No points will be assessed to the vehicle owner. If the fine is not paid on time, increased penalties could be levied, including court costs. The Port Authority will not receive any revenue generated by the red light camera program.