Philly considering more red light cameras at dangerous intersections

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Red light runners in Philadelphia could soon be captured on new cameras. Legislation introduced in Philadelphia City Council would allow for the installation of red light cameras at three intersections that have been the scene of multiple crashes. Those caught running the reds would face a $100 dollar fine.

“It’s reduced red-light running by 40%,” said Rich Lazer, executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, of the city’s 35 intersections with cameras. “It does work and it’s making these intersections safer.”

The new cameras are targeted at the multipoint intersection of Belmont Road, Ford Road, and Overbrook Avenue; Kelly Drive and Falls Bridge; and 17th and Washington Avenue.

Lazer added the cameras are targeted at specific areas where crashes have been more common.

“We’re not putting them up everywhere. They’re in dangerous locations where there’s been accidents or automobile accidents or pedestrians hit or we see a lot of complaints about red light running,” he said. “It really is data-driven, and then we go over this list, and then as they move through the legislative process, sometimes some are quicker than others.”

  • October 6, 2023
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