reports the video shows a car running the red light at Locust Street and Westfield Avenue. The car, travelling at high speed, crashes into another and spins out of control. MSNBC
reports that the driver, a 29-year-old man from Elizabeth, N.J., suffered minor injuries and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. According to MSNBC
, no one else was hurt in the crash.
Police say the crash was captured on video on June 29 at 5:30 a.m.
reports that Chief Paul Morrison, said: “By showing this video, we hope people will realize running red-lights can have tragic consequences. Our camera program is reducing the number of red-light running violations, but we still need to reach more people. It’s a matter of life and death to stop on red.”
But many are questioning the view that red light cameras are reducing the number of crashes. Mattvtnj comments on NJ.com
: "Does the chief think this is going to sway public opinion that this is anything more than a money grab? The blatant running of red lights that cause serious accidents are by drivers that have no clue they are running a red light and continue through like its green. How would a camera have stopped this accident?"
Another comment said: "There is a camera at the intersection, or at least there is a flash of a camera on the right side four seconds into the video. So the presence of this red-light camera did absolutely nothing to prevent this accident. I don't think the Roselle Park chief should be pushing a message that the cameras prevent accidents and then present evidence of it not preventing one."
According to MSNBC
, Roselle Park started its red-light safety program in May 2011. The police say since the camera program was introduced, crashes have reduced by 47 percent at the intersection shown in the video.