Police test new radar technology in traffic enforcement

Recorder helps determine staffing on one highly traveled road

Township police used new radar technology on Wayne Drive during a five-day period last month that showed more than 86 percent of vehicles in that span of time were in violation of speeding-related measures.

Despite a population of about 17,000, Cinnaminson is well-traveled, with Route 130 and other large roads running through its center.

More cars mean more violations, so over the last month, the township police department has  collected traffic data with a new Jamar Technologies Black Cat II Plus Radar Recorder .

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Cinnaminson Township recently purchased this new equipment to evaluate the potential need for enhanced traffic enforcement on Cinnaminson Township roads, which were recently identified by residents as areas of concern,” Police Chief Richard Calabrese said.  

“This technology provides a snapshot of traffic trends and provides the police department with data which will assist with monitoring and enforcement.”

The recorder was placed on Wayne Drive from Oct. 13 through 18, and it analyzed 7,375 vehicles, according to police. With a posted speed limit of 25 mph on that road, of the vehicles that came through, there were 6,336 speeding-related violations, accounting for 86 percent of the vehicles.

The Wayne Drive vehicles were traveling at an average speed of 30 miles an hour, police noted, with the fastest speed on the road clocked at 78 mph and the slowest at 7.

“Through the sharing of this information, the township’s goal is to foster community awareness of vehicular traffic trends within our community and to continue to strengthen the important partnership between the Cinnaminson Township Police Department and the residents of Cinnaminson to enhance public safety,” Calabrese said. 

With the radar statistics in hand, the department was able to better understand and figure out the best staffing to further monitor Wayne Drive during the week. Indications are that traffic spikes on the road during rush hour and in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time frame, both during the work week and during late morning to early afternoon on the weekends.

Calabrese expects the technology to be used as a measuring stick for the rest of the township.

“The residents have personally emailed me various placement recommendations based upon the recently collected data,” he explained. “I have noted those suggestions, will examine with our traffic-safety personnel and plan on deploying the device accordingly. 

“Each location’s data results will greatly assist with how the police department allocates its resources.”

Anyone with further interest in the data can visit the police department Facebook page.


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