Call for cameras on traffic lights to beat the red light jumpers

  • Jersey's Road Safety Panel deems Island lights unfit for purpose

  • Drivers going through red lights considered to be widespread problem

  • Jersey's Road Safety officer expressed concern earlier this week

  • Poll; Should more be done to cut down on motorists who jump red lights?

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Road safety officer Philip Blake in Elizabeth Place, which has been identified as a ‘hot spot’ for people driving through red lights

UK-style traffic light cameras should be introduced in Jersey to catch motorists who are putting pedestrians’ lives at risk at junctions, says Jersey’s Road Safety Panel.

Earlier this week the panel warned that drivers going through a red light were a widespread problem in Jersey and that it was only a matter of time before someone was killed or seriously injured.

Philip Blake, the Island’s road safety officer, and Peter Tabb, vice-chairman of the panel, have said that introducing cameras on traffic lights which photograph offenders as they pass through ‘stop’ lights could save lives.

In the UK, traffic light cameras are often triggered by using ground loops that are cut into the road surface.

As the traffic lights turn red, the system becomes active, and any vehicle passing over the sensor in the road after that time is photographed.

The States police say that since January 2012, more than 650 drivers have been prosecuted for driving through red lights.

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The results from a recent JEP poll

Most of the offenders caught are spotted first-hand by the States police or honorary officers.

Mr Blake said that cameras had been successful in the UK and America – so much so that in some US states the system has been withdrawn as drivers stopped running the red lights at the camera locations and the technology was found to be unaffordable because no fines were being issued.

The road safety officer, who identified Gloucester Street, Elizabeth Place outside Helvetia House School and the junction in front of the main entrance to Howard David Park as ‘hot spots’, added: ‘Once people know that there is a camera at the bottom of Gloucester Street that could automatically ping a fine to them based on their number plate, they would soon stop.

'These machines are efficient and I am sure it would solve the issue at various hotspots around the Island.’

 

 

Mr Tabb said that jumping red lights was a serious problem and that there were ‘many instances’ that occurred in the Island every day.

‘The panel’s view at the moment is that any action that diminishes the opportunity of running a red light is worth considering.

'Cameras are one thing that the panel would like to look into in more detail.’

Both men said they felt the introduction of cameras would be unlikely, however, because of the significant cost.

Transport Minister Eddie Noel said he had not discussed the idea since he came to office over 12 months ago, but he added that he would be happy to look at it and consider it with his officers if required.

 

 

 

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Comments for: "Call for cameras on traffic lights to beat the red light jumpers"

Minister Rich

Makes you laugh. We will police the lights. Yet who go through red lights at high speed. A police car had a near miss with me at the same set of traffic lights. Hypocrisy.

Put in another cash generator. Issue fine after fine, turn all citizens into criminals and trick children into giving their fingerprints at schools as if it's playtime:.............

What's disgusting now

Steve-o

Having being fortunate ...... perhaps not in some ways... to have driven in many countries.. i think our driving standards are on the whole are pretty good .....but over here everything is always hyped up. Over the last 30 years has this extra policing and big brother enhanced our lives?

Graham73

Red Light jumping all over town is rife 8.00 am onwards.

sue denim

It does not help when the traffic lights stay green for four cars to turn right, to go towards Mont Millais as happened at the Route du Fort junction at 1345 the other day, and at David Place junction from the direction of the co-op three cars only then red at 1720. Bring on the cameras, at every traffic light change at every junction cars go through red. The worst was three going against the red light at the Simon Place junction with St Saviours Road.