By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A spokesman said Governor Corbett today was expected to sign a bill expanding the red light camera program to the suburbs. Lawmakers approved the expansion early Sunday morning.
Philadelphia’s red light camera program will be extended through the end of 2017 and the city of Pittsburgh and a dozen communities in Philadelphia’s suburbs will now be eligible for them as well.
Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, advocated for the expansion. His spokesman, Erik Arneson, said the communities now eligible for red light cameras will not have sole discretion.
“They would have to apply to PennDOT, listing the specific intersections that they intend to install red light cameras at and PennDOT would approve or disapprove each of those, based on whether or not in their expert opinion it makes good sense.”
PennDOT will have 60 days to review an eligible municipality’s request, and may instead offer its own alternative to an intersection identified by a municipality as a candidate for a red light camera.
The following suburban counties will be eligible for red light cameras:
Bucks: Falls, Middletown and Warminster Townships.
Delaware: Springfield Township.
Montgomery: Norristown and the following townships: Abington, Horsham, Lower Merion, Lower Providence, Montgomery, Upper Dublin, and Upper Merion.
Chester: None currently eligible