What is red light running?
A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red.
Motorists trapped inadvertently in an intersection when the signal changes to red (e.g., waiting to
turn left) are not considered red light runners pursuant to this statute.
Is red light running really a problem?
Red light running is one of the major causes of collisions, deaths and injuries at signalized
intersections in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 20
percent of drivers do not obey intersection signals. Crashes caused by red light running result in
more than 800 fatalities and 165,000 injuries each year, according to the NHTSA. The economic
impact of red light running on society is estimated to be $14 billion annually. Other motorists and
pedestrians account for nearly half the deaths caused by red light running crashes.
What are red light cameras and how do they work?
Red light cameras help communities enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles
whose drivers run red lights. A red light camera system is connected to sensors that monitor
traffic flow at the crosswalk or stop line. The system continuously monitors the traffic signal 24/7,
and the camera itself is triggered by any vehicle entering the intersection above a pre-established
minimum speed and following a specified time after the signal has turned red. A second
photograph typically shows the red light violator in the intersection. Cameras record the date, time
of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal and vehicle speed. Tickets are sent by
mail to owners of the violating vehicles, following a review by a Newark Police Officers of the
photographic evidence. You can view your photos and video online at You
must enter the required information from the summons. The Citation Number is a nine digit
alpha-numeric entry composed of the Prefix followed by the Ticket Number. The city code is
NWRKNJ. If you do not have access to a computer, you may use computers in the public library
to access the website.
Isn’t conventional police enforcement sufficient?
Red light cameras are designed to identify traffic law violators without depending on the presence
of police officers essentially providing twenty four hour police enforcement as it relates to red light
running violators.
I’ve heard that extending yellow signal timing can be sufficient to prevent red light
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reports that the use of adequate yellow signal timing
reduces red light running-related injuries and collisions, but longer yellow timing used together
with red light cameras provides a more significant decrease in incidents of red light running. The
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a field study to evaluate the effects on
red light running by first lengthening yellow signal timing, followed by the introduction of red light
cameras. Results showed that yellow timing changes reduced red light violations by an average
36 percent. The addition of red light camera enforcement reduced red light violations by an
additional 96 percent beyond levels achieved by longer yellow signal timing alone. At the
intersection with the greatest incidence of red light running – 251 per 10,000 vehicles – yellow
light extensions reduced red light running to 198 incidents per 10,000 vehicles. Once red light
cameras were installed, incidents of red light running dropped to an astounding two per 10,000
*Source: Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, Status Report, Vol. 42, No. 1 January 27, 2007;
Retting, Richard A., Ferguson, Susan A., Farmer, Charles M., Reducing Red Light Running
Through Longer Yellow Signal Timing and Red Light Camera Enforcement: Results of a Field
Investigation, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, January 2007.
Do I get points on my license?
In no case shall motor vehicle points or automobile insurance eligibility points pursuant to section
26 of P.L.1990, c.8 (C.17:33B-14) be assessed against any person for a violation occurring under
the provisions of this act. The ticket for a violation of New Jersey Title 39:4-81, Failure to
Observe Signal is the responsibility of the registered owner of the vehicle.
Isn’t photo enforcement just a thinly-veiled attempt by the government to generate
Photo enforcement deters aggressive and dangerous driving behavior. Studies have shown
significant safety benefits of automated traffic enforcement. Photo enforcement programs are
completely violator funded and do not cost law-abiding citizens anything. It is important to note,
though, that revenues do not equal profits. Photo enforcement systems are a costly
endeavor, from the cost of the equipment, installation, operation, maintenance and program
oversight. These funds go back into the operating expenses of the service, provide
additional revenue for the city and often provide funding for specific safety programs.
How do you respond to critics who say that cameras violate motorists’ rights to privacy
and are just another example of “Big Brother” invading our right to privacy?
Red Light Running Cameras are clearly posted in advance of the intersection to ensure motorists
are aware that they are in use. A violation is mailed out and includes a link to view the video tape
and photo of the incident along with detailed data. Cameras have become a part of our everyday
existence. If you shop at a store, use an ATM or fill up your car, you’re on camera. When you
choose to travel on public streets, you have a responsibility to operate a vehicle in a safe manner
and abide by all traffic laws. The technology is simply one tool available to the City to ensure that
drivers are acting in a safe and responsible manner for themselves and those utilizing public
streets and sidewalks.
How much will this program cost taxpayers in Newark?
The technology is violator funded. The technology provider does not charge the city to install
photo enforcement technology. Instead, the company absorbs much of the upfront cost to install
and implement the technology.
Aren’t vehicle owners who are issued a photo enforcement-generated ticket for red light
running guilty until proven innocent?
A Photo enforcement citation is a summons. Those receiving a ticket have an opportunity to go
online at to review the alleged infraction to make a decision if they violated
the law. Additionally, those issued a ticket have an opportunity to contest their ticket in municipal
court, just as they can with a traditional traffic ticket.
Aren’t the cameras inflexible? If an officer was at the corner and saw an infraction, he or
she might choose not to write a ticket based on the circumstances.
A Newark Police officer reviews the footage to ensure a violation in fact occurred. Also, the
owners of the vehicles to whom the ticket is issued, can review the actual photos at and can clearly see why they were issued a ticket. Photo enforcement cameras
have been in use for more than 20 years and, in that time, the technology itself has proven
extremely accurate and reliable.
Where are red light cameras located?
Broad Street and Market Street
Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard
Broad Street and Murray Street
Raymond Boulevard and Prospect Street
Raymond Boulevard and Raymond Plaza West
Mulberry Street and Market Street
McCarter Highway and Market Street
McCarter Highway and Edison Place
McCarter Highway and Lafayette Street
McCarter Highway and South Street
Stockton Street and Delancy Street
Market street and Washington Street
Market street and University Avenue
Wilson Avenue and Doremus Avenue
Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard and Court Street
How much will a red light running ticket cost?
The fine for an uncontested ticket is $85.00.
What if I have a question?
Redflex provides a toll free number (1-877-847-2338) to respond to citizen inquiries
from 7:00am – 5:00pm (MST) Monday - Friday. If further assistance is needed, a person
can contact the Newark Municipal Court at (973) 733-6520.
1. Do not mail cash.
2. Payment of the penalty can be made online at by Visa or
MasterCard. The following information must be available:
Case number
License plate number
Credit card information
You will be required to enter the Court ID number 0714
3. Payment can be made in person at the Newark Municipal Court, 31 Green Street,
Newark, NJ 07102. Hours of operation: Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm,
excluding holidays. The Newark Municipal Court accepts the following payment
methods in person:
Money order
Visa or MasterCard
4. Payment can be made through the mail by check or money order. You must write the
Case Number on the check or money order and a copy of the ticket must be included
in the mailing.
5. For questions regarding payment, call the Newark Municipal Court at 973-733-6520.