A 50-year-old Washington man was injured in a New Jersey car accident when a 2011 Ford Fiesta went through a red light and struck his 2012 Hyundai Elantra. According to a news report in The Hunterdon Review, the injury accident occurred at Route 31 and Payne Road. Officials say the 58-year-old Pennington man who was driving the Ford ran through a red light and struck the Hyundai, which had a green light. The driver of the Hyundai sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford was issued a summons for failure to obey a traffic control device.
All drivers in New Jersey are required to obey traffic control devices. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-81: “The driver of every vehicle, the motorman of every street car and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto.” Drivers who cause an accident by violating the rules of the road can face a citation from the authorities as well as civil litigation from the injured victims. Read the rest »
Red light cameras were installed at busy New Jersey intersections with the intention of reducing traffic accidents and careless driving. However, a new study shows that accidents have actually become more frequent at these intersections. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the number of accidents at intersections with red light cameras has increased slightly and the number of rear-end collisions has risen significantly.
Officials say that there were 577 collisions at the 83 intersections with cameras before they were installed and 582 collisions after they were installed. Additionally, rear-end collisions have increased by 20 percent at these busy intersections. According to a report in The Newspaper, rear-end collisions may have increased because drivers who see the cameras are more likely to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket. Read the rest »
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