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Obituaries

Obituaries

Obituary for Ryan Rhoads

May 27, 2015

SPC Ryan T. Rhoads, 23, of South Plainfield, New Jersey died on May 21, 2015 in Hinesville, GA.  Ryan was born in New Brunswick and raised in North Plainfield until his family moved to ...

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Community Announcements

Family Movie Night Fundraiser

May 29, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ: Bring the whole family, lawn chairs and blankets for a robotic evening under the stars at the FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT fundraiser hosted by the SPHS TIGER TECH Robotics Team, ...

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Press Releases

19th Annual James and Doris Boyle Memorial Golf Tournament – June 6th

May 27, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The 19th Annual James and Doris Boyle Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  It will be held on Heron Glen Golf Course at 110 State ...

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Mayor's Wellness Corner

Mayor's Wellness Corner

JFK Health Sponsors South Plainfield’s Spring Health and Fitness Fair

May 21, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center looked more like JFK Medical Center, as residents lined-up to participate in the Mayor’s Wellness Committee’s Spring ...

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Letters to Editor

In the Schools

In The Schools

Family Movie Night Fundraiser

May 29, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ: Bring the whole family, lawn chairs and blankets for a robotic evening under the stars at the FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT fundraiser hosted by the SPHS TIGER TECH Robotics Team, ...

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Featured Business Listing

JFK Hartwyck

Community Life

Community Life

First Baptist Church Adopts Church Street

May 18, 2015

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Church Trustee Joseph Cabanas, on behalf of the First Baptist Church of South Plainfield, has signed an agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to ...

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Today's Events

Columns

South Plainfield Library

Bookmarks

“The truth has a way of changing people's plans.” ― Veronica Roth, Insurgent The truth of any construction project is that there are always changes in the plans.  We ...

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Cooking With Craig

Grilled Corn With Honey Lime Butter, Cilantro, Chili and Queso Fresco

This simple dish is a great side dish during a meal or eaten as an appetizer the same way you would at a street fair.  Loaded with flavor, this sweet and savory dish, should please children ...

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Health Tips from Doctors Express

Listeria in the News

You may be taking a break from some of your favorite snacks lately, due to recent concerns over listeria bacteria in food products.  A food-borne, bacterial infection most often passed ...

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Beth's Book Review

The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed

EDISON, NJ - I have been a true crime “junkie” since Truman Capote published the first “non-fiction novel,” the incomparable In Cold Blood in 1965. For seven years Capote ...

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South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

Knights Of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Contest Winners Announced

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday night, May 19, 2015, prior to the bi-monthly meeting of the Knights of Columbus, South Plainfield Council, #6203, the first place winners of the Substance Abuse ...

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Lost and Found Pets

South Plainfield Accidents Up 50% Near Piscataway Red Light Cameras

By DARLENE TEDESCO-CULLEN

August 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Accidents in South Plainfield near red-light cameras installed in Piscataway on the border of the two towns are up 50 percent, according to a study by The Alternative Press of South Plainfield.

The cameras are at the intersection of Stelton Road and Hadley Road and at the intersection of Stelton Road and New Brunswick Avenue.  Fines collected from tickets issued motorists nabbed by the cameras go to Piscataway and Middlesex County. 

The study compares accident rates for the first six months of 2012 (when there were no cameras) to the first six months of 2013 (when the cameras became operational).  It revealed a 50% increase in overall accidents within 100 feet of the two intersections and a near doubling 500 feet out.  Rear-end collisions also saw a 50 percent jump.

“We were against the red light cameras from the start,” said South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh.  “The cameras are supposed to cut the number of accidents, but that’s not what we’re seeing.  They should come down.”

Anesh wants the state DOT to require Piscataway and Middlesex County to remove the cameras:  “Even though they are in Piscataway, they are affecting South Plainfield.  I’ll be asking the council to pass a resolution asking the state to have them removed.  They’re creating a danger.”

Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) agrees. After learning about the increase in accidents found in the study by The Alternative Press, Diegnan said he would do whatever he could to help Anesh and the council.   

“In light of (The Alternative Press’s) research, I recommend that the South Plainfield governing body contact the DOT about the safety issue relative to the cameras,” said Diegnan. “I will be happy to assist them in whatever way I can.”

Red light cameras have come under increased scrutiny, with some state lawmakers pushing to ban them altogether. 

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Red Bank) is one of the leading opponents. O’Scanlon recently announced that an expert he hired found that yellow lights at many of the intersections with the cameras stay on for a shorter time than the law mandates. Because of this, he believes that about a third of the tickets issued to motorists are invalid.   

The legislature passed the law allowing the cameras in 2008 as a five-year pilot program.  Participating towns were allowed to put cameras where engineering, enforcement, and educational efforts were not effective in cutting the number of traffic tickets and crashes.   

According to Diegnan, the legislation includes a “sunset provision” and must be reauthorized in December 2014, which is the end of the five-year period.  “Based on the results to date I do not support extending the program beyond its termination date,” he said. 

As part of the pilot, the state DOT also issues periodic reports on the program.  The most recent report was prepared in November 2012 and finds that right-angle crashes are down fifteen percent at intersections where the lights have been in place for one year. 

But the same study found that rear-end collisions at intersections with the cameras are up 20 percent, and overall crashes are up 0.9 percent. 

Data from intersections where the cameras have been operational for two years shows different results.  Total crashes are down 42 percent, with right-angle crashes down 86 percent and rear-end collisions down 57 percent in the two locations where the cameras are installed.   

The DOT report does not reach a conclusion about whether the cameras are effective, especially given the limited number of towns that had the cameras in place for more than a year and are included in the report (nine). 

Mayor Anesh, however, did reach a conclusion:  “These red light cameras are nothing more than a money grab,” he said.  “It is quite clear the goal of these programs is government revenue enhancement, not public safety.”

Of the 25 towns that are participating in the pilot, five are from Middlesex County (Piscataway, Edison, Woodbridge, East Brunswick, and New Brunswick).  In all, there are cameras at 76 intersections throughout the state. To see a map of the locations click here.