Red light cameras could be up and in use sometime next month at two Rahway intersections: Routes 1&9 and East Milton Avenue, and St. Georges and Maple avenues. There would be a 30-day “warning phase” after installation, to get the public accustomed to them before tickets are issued, according to Police Chief John Rodger. He expects them to be installed at some point next month.
City Council last fall approved the traffic safety camera program following approval from the state, a process that started about two years ago.
Every violation to the Police Department is certified by a police officer while the vendor issues the violation and it’s paid through Municipal Court. There are no points on a violation, unless a driver pleads not guilty, according to Rodger, in which case if they’re found guilty it’s two points plus a fine and court costs. Motorists can be cited for running a red light or turning on red. Rodger said Linden experienced a 30-percent drop in violations since the cameras took effect.