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Philadelphia Red Light Cameras Will Live For Another Six Months

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Corbett is expected to sign a bill that will give Philadelphia’s red light camera program a six-month reprieve.

Philadelphia’s red light camera program would have expired at the end of the month, unless extended by state law. A bill to continue the program six months was sent to Governor Corbett by the House Tuesday, but not without considerable debate. Philadelphia Democrat Michael McGeehan says he originally voted against the program, but now believes it is a safety tool.

“Believe me, as a cynic who voted against red light cameras ten years ago, I’ve seen the direct results in Philadelphia.”

But another Philadelphia Democrat, Tony Payton, said residents of the city have no say in how and where the cameras are deployed.

“It’s very haphazard and without process.”

A spokesman for the Senate majority leader says the Philadelphia program is being extended for six months only to allow time for more discussion of red light cameras, including the possibility of adding Pittsburgh and other larger communities.

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