In Mercer County, the number of accidents at the intersection of Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road/Franklin Corner Road nearly doubled since red-light cameras were installed there to catch motorists disobeying traffic signals, township police data show.
“My immediate reaction was serious concern,” township manager Richard Krawczun stated, cautioning that the study is only preliminary.
During the seven months ending on June 29 of this year there were 49 accidents at the intersection, with nine of them involving injuries. That’s well up from the seven months ending June 29, 2011, during which there were 25 accidents, five of which involved injury, and the red-light cameras had not yet been installed.
“The intention is to make the intersection safer,” Krawczun said. “And the preliminary data shows contrary to that.”
The Lawrence data was made public prior to a planned state Department of Transportation disclosure scheduled for next month. A DOT official could not confirm whether other towns across the state also involved in the red-light camera program were seeing similar results.