A video showing a traffic collision caught by red-light safety cameras in Roselle Park has been posted to YouTube. Officials say they hope the video will help to raise awarenss of the dangers of drivers running red lights.
NJ.com 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.
NJ.com 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.