Philadelphia Officials to Extend Roosevelt Boulevard Speed ​​Camera Program – NBC Philadelphia

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Philadelphia leaders call the speed camera pilot program on Roosevelt Boulevard a “success” in curbing traffic deaths that stop speeding.

The 12-mile stretch of the boulevard, which runs through Northeast Philadelphia, was originally chosen for the red light camera program due to the number of speeding accidents.

In total, 32 cameras were installed with the intention of imposing $150 fines per violation on anyone who exceeds the speed limit of 11 mph on the 12-lane highway.

Here are the statistics on the impact of red light cameras

  • Fatal traffic accidents dropped by about 50% in the first seven months after the cameras went live in June 2020.
  • From June 2020 to May 2022, around 900,000 banknotes were issued.
  • Speeding violations were reduced by 93% from June 2020 to January 2022.

The idea is to apply for funds from the state to continue the project after 2023, which is when Roosevelt Boulevard’s Automated Speed ​​Enforcement (ASE) contract expires.

Mayor Jim Kenney and other state and local officials called Tuesday for the speed camera program to be extended beyond its 2023 expiration date. He also wants more speed cameras in the city.

“The success of the Automated Speed ​​Enforcement here on Roosevelt Boulevard cannot be underestimated,” Kenney said. “Even as traffic accidents increased in late 2020 in Philadelphia and across the country, the Boulevard saw 200 fewer accidents in the first seven months.

“New legislation, at the state and local levels, is needed to keep these cameras up and running, bring the success of Automated Speed ​​Control to other corridors in our city, and save lives.”

The Philadelphia Parking Authority manages the Route 1 speed camera program and its president, Beth Grossman, echoed Kenney’s call for a permanent speed camera program.

“We wholeheartedly support the speed camera program as a permanent public safety tool that will continue to save multiple lives by reducing speeding on what was once one of the most dangerous highways in the country,” Grossman said.