Total Number of Red Light Cameras in City Now Over 100 as Cameras are Activated at Three Intersections Next Week
Philadelphia, PA- (October 12, 2012) The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) announces its newest red light cameras will be activated at three different intersections at 12:01 a.m. on October 19, 2012 (Overnight from Thursday day into Friday). This makes the total number of red light cameras in the city 108 at 24 different intersections. The three new sites are located in Northeast Philadelphia at the intersections of:
Academy Road & Grant Avenue,
Woodhaven & Knights Roads,
Bustleton Avenue & Byberry Road.
The warning period for these cameras is 60 days. Drivers found in violation will receive warnings during this grace period, which ends on Tuesday, December 18th. After this time period, violators will face a $100 fine.
At these three new intersections, signs are posted with the proper warnings for drivers to know they are approaching a red light camera intersection. All cameras have been tested and are in perfect working order. The yellow signals have all been timed properly. Both PennDot and the City of Philadelphia have tested the yellow signals and ensured they are all 4 seconds each.
With traffic offenses decreasing by an average of close to 60 percent at intersections with cameras, this program is proving its value for making intersections safer for drivers and pedestrians alike, said Vince Fenerty, PPA’s Executive Director. I am excited for it to expand to over 100 cameras in the City of Philadelphia and I know these three new intersections will benefit from their presence.
The PA General Assembly gave the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) the power to establish a Red Light Camera Program in the city of Philadelphia. In 2005, PPA began equipping intersections with cameras that monitor traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection after the light has turned red. The first cameras were installed at Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Cottman Avenue along the Boulevard. Since the program’s inception, cameras have also been installed at 34thStreet and Grays Ferry Avenue, Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, Broad Street and Hunting Park Avenue, 58th and Walnut Streets, Broad and Vine Streets, Broad Street and South Penn Square, Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard around City Hall, Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane, Rising Sun and Adams Avenues, Aramingo Avenue and York Street, and Aramingo and Castor Avenues. There are also cameras at Welsh, Southampton, Mascher, Levick, Rhawn and 9th Streets along the Boulevard. The most recent red light camera intersection is located at Lindbergh Boulevard and Island Avenue. Philadelphia’s Red Light Camera Program was recently extended until 2017.
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