Township Rakes in Red-Light Camera Revenue

Red-light cameras have been a hot topic of discussion at recent Township Council meetings.

Gloucester Township has collected more than $2.5 million in fines through tickets issued from 10 red-light cameras positioned at four intersections along Blackwood Clementon Road from July 2010 through December 2011, with local revenue of more than $1.3 million.

The township is one of about two dozen municipalities in New Jersey approved to utilize the red-light cameras under a pilot program since late 2008.

The decision to take part in the program was made here in early 2010, at least in part to increase traffic safety along Blackwood Clementon Road, according to officials.

But there was another reason—one that many might not consider when thinking about the cameras—Mayor David Mayer said this week.

"We had to try to slow traffic down. And we had to do that for a number of reasons," Mayer said. "One is safety. The other is economic development. Traffic just flowed too quickly through there. As you can see, that corridor is not thriving."

The theory behind that line of thinking is that alert motorists, concerned about getting a ticket for blowing a red light, will drive at lower speeds and take notice of the businesses around them.

"The traffic-light cameras certainly, I think, have got the attention of motorists," Mayer said.

The cameras are operational at Blackwood Clementon Road's intersections with Cherrywood Drive, Little Gloucester Road, Erial Road and Millbridge Road.

The numbers

Between July 2010 and December 2011, a total of 38,766 traffic tickets were issued to motorists as a result of driving actions captured by the cameras and deemed illegal by police, according to data obtained by Gloucester Township Patch via an Open Public Records Act request.

From those 38,766 tickets, a total of 29,761 guilty pleas or verdicts had been reached as of Jan. 30, when Gloucester Township Municipal Court Administrator Patty Carroll responded to the OPRA request.

The township keeps $73.50 of every $85 fine attached to guilty pleas or verdicts reached as a result of red-light camera tickets, according to Business Administrator Tom Cardis. The remaining $11.50 is sent to the state.

Under its agreement with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc., which installed its cameras and related equipment for the township in 2010, the township pays $4,750 per camera per month, for an annual total of $570,000 for the 10 cameras.

After passing along the state's $342,251.50 share of the total $2,529,685 collected, the township still had $2,187,433.50 in revenue left over from the 29,761 tickets issued under the red-light camera program's first 17-plus months.

For July 2010 through December 2011, the township paid American Traffic Solutions $855,000 for its cameras, based on the $47,500 per month fee.

The township's final take from tickets issued through the end of 2011 stood at $1,332,433.50 as of Jan. 30, based on the information the municipal court administrator provided Patch.

Increasing traffic safety?

It does appear motorists have adjusted their driving habits as a result of the red-light cameras.

In the four-month period between July 24, 2010, when tickets were first issued from the camera system, and Nov. 29, 2010, a total of 14,844 tickets (an average of about 3,710 per month) were issued, while just 23,922 tickets were issued over the next 13 months (an average of about 1,840 per month).

As Mayer noted, the township has put up more signs warning motorists of the red-light cameras than is required under state laws governing the technology's use.

And while it would be hard for officials to deny that the potential for revenue was a consideration in green-lighting the red-light cameras, it does appear early in the five-year pilot program that the cameras have made Blackwood Clementon Road safer as officials had hoped.

The last data Patch received from the Police Department regarding crashes at the four camera-monitored intersections covered the periods of July 24-Nov. 29, 2009, and July 24-Nov. 29, 2010.

From 2009 to 2010, there was a roughly 20 percent reduction in crashes, from 55 in 2009 to 44 in 2010.

Police Chief W. Harry Earle has told residents at recent Township Council meetings that analysis is being conducted on crashes at the four camera-monitored intersections.

Not all residents are convinced the red-light cameras are making Blackwood Clementon Road safer.

Darren Gladden, who ran for Township Council as an independent candidate last year and routinely speaks during Council's bimonthly meetings, is among them.

"It's also causing accidents," Gladden said during the Jan. 23 Council meeting. "Because everybody's scared to get an $85 ticket, they're slamming on their brakes and the people behind them are smacking them."

Gladden, who admitted he's been on the receiving end of tickets from red-light cameras in South Jersey on three occasions, is also concerned flashes from the cameras at night startle unsuspecting drivers.

"Some people panic. And if you're in the middle of the road panicking after you see a flash go off, after you just paid two of these tickets, c'mon!" he said.

Tickets generated by red-light cameras are issued to vehicles' registered owners. The tickets do not carry any points against driver's licenses.

Darren Gladden February 21, 2012 at 01:56 AM
OMG do you think Berry is my protector. You are clueless ........hahaha
Andre Bademos February 21, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Amazing 5 people actually the same 5 people that are not afraid to post since they are the 5 bullies of the patch, twist the truth mislead the people but you still make no sense. Crystal told me all about you 5. She told me how you used her and tossed her to the curb she also said some guy from the RNC would attach me too some watchdog guy I guess I will see his wrath next. All that said still does not change the fact you did the work for the Democrats and then sold out for jobs, and none of it changes the fact that Gladden (your puppet) now has a political payback job for allowing himself to be your spoiler in the council race. Next we the residence will see if Crystal is right when we see what payback jobs you get for your cronies.
Big Daddy 1 February 21, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Silence Dogood February 21, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Okay, this fellow Gladden is an odd duck and a bit boisterous but if you are saying he now has a job in the Mayer administration we should examine a few more members of the machine in and around Gloucester Township. Facts are facts. Let’s meet a few of the actual appointees from the GT Democrat machine. Starting with David Carlamere: a) Mayor Dave Mayer's lawyer in Gloucester Twp. b) Planning & Zoning Solicitor in Runnemede c) Planning & Zoning Solicitor in Pine Hill d) Planning & Zoning in Berlin Twp. (in which Chris Morris is Council President; Deputy for Camden County; Treasure for the Camden County Democrats) e) Planning & Zoning in Somerdale f) Solicitor Fire District in Pine Hill
Silence Dogood February 21, 2012 at 03:37 AM
g) Also the Fire District lawyer in GT Fire Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (there are only 6 fire districts-----the lawyer for fire district 3 is John Kennedy; now Jack is also the prosecutor in Gloucester Twp. and the solicitor in Runnemede AND Jack’s law partner Len Wood is the labor council in Runnemede AND the Brooklawn school board solicitor ...got it...did you get all of this?!?! But wait there is even more from this law firm of Wade, Long, Wood & Kennedy; John Wade is the lawyer for the Gloucester Twp. school district and Black Horse Pike Regional School District. Howard Long is the MUA lawyer for Gloucester Twp. and also the Voorhees Twp. solicitor.....PLUS Howard Long is also the prosecutor for Magnolia, Brooklawn and Lindenwold. If you need a lawyer contact Wade, Long, Wood and Kennedy…..their law offices are located right across from the Gloucester Twp. Municipal Building Camden County Freeholder Rodney Greco is the IT director for the Gloucester Twp. School District also former GT Councilman.
Silence Dogood February 21, 2012 at 03:38 AM
What is also interesting is Mr. Carlemere’s wife is the Chair of the Gloucester Twp. Housing Authority. Cynthia M. Carlamere. The Vice Chair is Stephen Piccolo. Any relation to the head of GT Democrat Party that is being investigated by the FBI? The Treasurer is Charles Bucceroni, is he related to the VP of BHPRSD BOE and new GEMS Trustee Kevin Bucceroni? And finally Commissioner William Fontanez. He is the undersheriff in the Sheriff's Department and drives his county paid vehicle funded by taxpayers to GTHA meetings. Dave Bakely, Gloucester Township's Plumbing SubCode Official is making $97,628! His total salary (as of 2010) for his 8 jobs is $137,216! How does he work in GT for $97, 628 and find time for 7 other jobs!!!!! So if you are saying Gladden is part of this, so be it but this is only the tip of the iceberg of machine appointees.
Andre Bademos February 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM
So are you saying that the current mayor should have replaced the previous mayor’s appointments? Is that because the previous mayor was to incompetent to make sure her appointments were qualified or just because in your mind it is to taboo to keep a holdover appointment just because he was originally appointed by Republican Mayor Cindy Rau Hatton, a mayor the voters deemed incompetent? Just remember when the new Governor comes in under your demands you will be looking for new employment yourself as that DMV post is a governors appointment.
Silence Dogood February 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Unlike you I stated facts and will let them speak for themselves. No need for spin or silly interpretations to mislead the other readers. As to your point regarding former Mayor Hatton’s incompetent appointments (as you referred to them); she never changed any appointments from her predecessor Mayor Sandy Love. So you are calling former Mayor Love incompetent. I merely posted the facts as they appear in public documents. Further, as you attempted to link me to having a politically appointed position at the DMV, sorry to disappoint you but I have no such job. That is a political job appointed by the Governor, as the current Governor is a Republican it would make sense that those people were appointed based on that criteria. It also is true that under the former Governor who was a Democrat those positions will change with a new administration. For someone who claims to be new to all of this and not sure who all the “players” happen to be, you sure do drop a lot of names in your posts. You also like to attack people personally and act the bully. Shame on you for trying to scare people from having an opinion that is different from your own or those you support.
Big Daddy 1 February 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Great posts Silence Dogood. Most of those are lawyers or the politically connected. And they can leech into pensions and other benefits for part time or occasional jobs in all of those municipalities. Where else can this happen but in our own governments. There is nothing remotely comparable in the real world. No wonder our taxes are so high. Where are the proposals to cut these costs?
Darren Gladden February 21, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Well Gladden can state on his own , I'm out of work for over 2 years now raising my sons , but would love to get back to work ASAP . See what got me started in giving people the truth about this rag tag group that leads us today is because of Congress Rob Andrews . Since he does not do his job I lost my job like so many other people in this walfare state we are in today . Hey Mayor if you feel like I fit in with you peeps Hire me to run Public Works, cause you know for a fact our PW Leader is in way over his head ................................Just care , I do
Darren Gladden February 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
P.S. I like being the Odd Duck ..........I quack and waddle to my own Beat . http://youtu.be/JUfNIcUmFPE
path February 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I will no longer use blackwood- clementon rd nor will I shop the stores there
path February 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I will not travel or shop at stores along blackwood clementon rd., because I do not need the headaches or possibly pay more to this township, they get enough. Where does all the revenue go ?
Darren Gladden February 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Well Path we are working on that answer and many more info , Just find out that they are set up to give OUT speeding tickets WOW . So if anybody wants to jump on the team and show your Dislike about these cams feel free to hit me up on Facebook or my email gladdonski@yahoo.com and stop this GREEDY madness ........ http://youtu.be/WpYeekQkAdc
Paul J. DiBartolo March 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Has anyone OPRA'd the contracts yet? I know I should do this but I don't want to reinvent the wheel if someone has already done it. Unfortunately, the thing that neuters us in this fight is the time required to do this stuff when one has other pressing responsibilities. I know...whine, whine, whine!
Big Daddy 1 March 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I haven't requested the contracts. Too busy wasting time with other government agencies and issues. Great idea. I think we would all like to know what lurks in those contracts.
Kalena Ross March 14, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Said it before and I will say it again, driving is a privilege not a right. the cameras go off when you violate a law. Once again not one word of follow up even after the Chief explained how they work at the meeting. Stir stir stir your pot but don't bother to worry about people who have run red lights or ignored the laws who are now finally getting hauled into court in our township. Maybe you guys could all go pack up and buy an island and make your own laws I think Mr Rourke vacated his place.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Well, if you said it I guess that ends all argument on the subject. Is it a right or a privilege to own a dog? How about a gun? Do I have a right to get married or is that a privilege that the state extends to me? The explanation that was lacking was why some people get red light camera tickets and others don't for the same actions. I wouldn't want you to worry your pretty little head about that though so just keep parroting the stated mantra of whomever it is for whom you are fronting.
Big Daddy 1 March 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The only people that say all these licensed activities are priveledges are governments and insurance companies. It's all about the money. Why don't we put it on the ballot, right next to Pay to Play?
Kalena Ross March 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
My pretty little head? Is that because I'm a girl Paul? Awfully chauvinistic of you. The Chief explained it pretty clearly, they don't go off when it's yellow or when you're in the box and it's yellow. They go off when you go through the intersection and your light is red. My 6th grader understands how they work because when he didn't like a smart kid he looked it up and read this article, why don't you take his cue http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/safety-regulatory-devices/red-light-camera1.htm If you were truly worried about how they worked did you make an appointment to sit down with the Chief to ask? I doubt it. Did you write a letter to ask? Doubt it. Instead you got up and screamed about it at a meeting. Part of living here is being responsible and not irritating your neighbors.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I have no desire to trade barbs with you, whomever you are (BTW, I don't know if you're a girl - hmmmmm, I'd think you would use the word 'woman' - or not because I don't know if your name is real. I do not know who you are nor do I care. The use of pretty little head is a cliche and could be used to refer to anyone. Maybe your sixth grader can clear that up for you). Anyway, if you don't like what citizens have to say at council meetings then just stay home and do us all a favor. BTW, if you'd bothered to listen you'd know that I didn't ask if the cameras snapped under a yellow light. The question regarded stopping short under a yellow light and over-running the white line and then the possibility of the camera snapping when the light goes red because the car was in the violation zone. Try to keep up, Kalena. Now, please ask you sixth grader to explain to you why a gentlemen two months ago at the microphone stated that his wife stopped short on a right turn after the light went yellow but had transgressed the white line and received a red light traffic ticket. Give it a rest, Kalena...at least until you know the facts and what you're talking about.
Big Daddy 1 March 14, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Question: What happens if I enter the intersection while the light is yellow and it turns red while I am in the middle of it (like 2-3 seconds later)?
Charles March 15, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Standard at every intersection I've passed through has been a 2 second delay as both directions face a redlight. This is plenty of time to clear the intersection, if you're in it.
Charles March 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Kalena: Notice how Paul takes your argument and runs crazy with it. This is a common way of dealing with something for which you (or he) have no rational response. Your comment really didn't try to address Paul's issues; therefore, he may be trying to mislead the readers.
Charles March 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I have done exactly that at the same intersection where I was "caught" earlier. The answer is, "Nothing!"
ymbdfa March 15, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Paul does that mean you’re too lazy to actually find out the truth or are you afraid to find out the truth because like at the council meeting Monday night when you made your comment Councilman Mercado and the police chief told you and all of us the truth about your erratic driving and you were forced to put your tail between your legs and waddle back to your seat. See intentionally refusing to find out the truth or avoiding it for political reasons shows all you want to do is argue not make things better. Try understanding what your complaining about and maybe you won’t have any more youtube moments of embarrassment like you did in the council meeting Monday night, And trust us if you think that won't be a youtube moment you’re a bit jaded.
N/A March 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Paul it’s a right and a privilege to own a dog and a gun and if you beat your dog or go randomly shooting people and you get caught you will go to jail and lose those rights and privileges. It’s your right and privilege to get married if you beat your wife or husband and they press charges you could go to jail get fined and even get divorced. It's your right to drive and if you break the law like you have, it’s my right to have safe roads to drive or walk on and thank god our police force keeps us safe from drivers like you who do not believe they should be forced to follow the laws of our state. I've have stated before and will again if you don't follow the law I do not believe red light cameras go far enough in making sure you drive safely. They should carry points just like as if a police officer pulled you over. It is the owner of the vehicles responsibility to make sure a responsible driver uses their car, if the camera cannot identify who was driving the vehicle the owner should receive the points as they allowed an irresponsible driver to use their car. If you give your keys to someone and they go out drinking and drive drunk and kill someone the owner can be charged as well as the actual driver with a DWI and possibly manslaughter as well they can be sued. The red light tickets should be no different. People like Gladden make the best argument that type of enforcement is needed.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM
At it again, huh, Yamby? What caused you to crawl out of the wall this time? I've asked before if you would please post an interpretation along with your comments so we can all possibly understand what you are saying.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Sorry, N/A, you can't have it both ways... "...it’s a right and a privilege to own a dog and a gun..." "It’s your right and privilege to get married..." It's either a right or a privilege; now, which is it? Webster would probably go a long way in helping you understand the difference. BTW, if you knew anything about the Law of the Land, some people call it the Constitution, you'd know that it is our right to bear arms. A right should never be confused with a privilege that the state extends to me as if it wasn't mine already. The fact that the State is encroaching on our rights is part of a much bigger problem.
Michael Clinton April 19, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Same here. I used to get off 42 at Blk-clem Road and do a lot of shopping on that strip. I will never use that exit again and they will never get another dime from me and I've warned everyone in our development to sat off that road.


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