Philadelphia Parking Authority Debuts Video Demonstrating the Benefits of Red Light Cameras

Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:01am EDT

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Video features city commissioners, elected officials and a traffic safety expert
PHILADELPHIA,  March 12, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Since 2005 when the PA General
Assembly authorized the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to establish a Red
Light Camera Program in the city of  Philadelphia, the PPA has equipped 24
intersections (over 100 cameras) throughout the city with cameras that monitor
traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection
after the light has turned red.

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Today the PPA is releasing an instructional video that explains how the cameras
work, and how the cameras are changing driver behavior and saving lives.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped put this important instructional
video together. The red light camera program in  Philadelphia  has reduced red
light running substantially, and is saving lives. This video will be used to
increase public awareness to the dangers of running red lights," said  Vincent
Fenerty, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Hear what people are saying in the video about the positive impact of 
Philadelphia's red light cameras:

"What red light cameras really cause people to do is think about what they are
doing to make sure they don't get that citation. The goal isn't to generate
revenue. In fact, overtime your revenue will actually drop because people are
more compliant with the law, which is what you want to see. This is about saving
lives."
-  Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner,  Philadelphia  Police Department

"When we can educate our public to the fact that red light running is dangerous,
it causes accidents, it costs people their lives, when that education goes
through, they understand the reason for the cameras and understand that those
cameras are going to help folks and save lives."
-Lloyd Ayers, Commissioner,  Philadelphia  Fire Department

"This particular intersection where the red light cameras are (Aramingo Avenue
and  York Street) was an important intersection for us where pedestrians were
getting hurt... the fact that these red light cameras are here helped save
pedestrian lives and reduce accidents.
-John  Taylor, PA  State Representative, 177th Legislative District

"....red light cameras will change driver behavior. I can tell you personally
because I received a red light camera ticket myself. I knew then that I had to
be extremely cautious when I go through intersections from that day going
forward."
-Ronald G. Waters, PA State Representative, 191st Legislative District

Each ticket costs drivers  $100. The main goal of this program is to promote
public safety. Revenue from the program goes to the Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation (PennDOT), which then distributes the money evenly between the
city of  Philadelphia  and the state through grants for transportation projects.

The first cameras were installed at Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Cottman
Avenue along Roosevelt Boulevard. Since the program's inception, cameras have
also been installed at 34th Street 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, Aramingo and Castor
Avenues, and Lindbergh Boulevard and Island Avenue. There are also cameras at
Welsh,  Southampton, Mascher, Levick, Rhawn and 9th Streets along Roosevelt
Boulevard. The most recent red light camera intersections are located at Academy
Road and Grant Avenue, Woodhaven and Knights Roads, and Bustleton Avenue and
Byberry Road.  Philadelphia's Red Light Camera Program was recently extended
until 2017.

Related Links
PPA Website
Red Light Camera Video

SOURCE  Philadelphia Parking Authority


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