Pa. Senate Approves Red-Light Cameras In 19 Cities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would authorize 19 of Pennsylvania’s most-populated cities to install red-light cameras in an effort to improve traffic safety won approval from the state Senate on Tuesday.

Senators voted 35-14 to send the bill to the state House of Representatives.

The sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, cited an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report that blamed red-light running for killing an estimated 676 people in 2009 and injuring another 113,000 across the United States.

“My legislation will make Pennsylvania roads safer, and it will save lives,” Pileggi said.

The cameras are already used in Philadelphia to nab red-light runners and traffic law violators.

Under the bill, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and 17 third-class cities with a minimum population of 18,000, including Erie, Allentown and Reading, could use the cameras if the state Transportation Department approves the city’s plan. Cities as small as New Castle, McKeesport and Johnstown, each of which has 20,000 to 25,000 residents, also would qualify.

The maximum fine of $100 would be earmarked for transportation improvements. Half of the money would go to the city where the violation occurred, although total collections in a city would be limited to 5 percent of its annual budget. The rest of the money would go to other areas of the state.

The Senate Transportation Committee last year approved a similar bill, but the chamber never voted on it.

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One Comment

  1. Harry Clark says:

    A 2005 Virginia Department of Transportation study of the long-term effects of camera enforcement in the state found a decrease in the number of right-angle crashes with injuries, but an increase in rear-end crashes and an overall increase in the number of crashes causing injuries.[62] In 2007, the department issued an updated report which showed that the overall number of crashes at intersections with red light cameras increased. This report concluded that the decision to install red light cameras should be made on an intersection-by-intersection basis as some intersections saw decreases in crashes and injuries that justified the use of red light cameras, while others saw increases in crashes
    (source wikipedia)



  3. jack says:

    and it has absolutely nothing to do with revenue. keep drinking the kool aid people

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