Red Light Cameras
It’s full speed ahead for red light cameras across the Delaware Valley. More and more are appearing in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware and now they could be coming to the Pennsylvania suburbs.
Do red-light cameras reduce accidents, or cause them? There are impassioned arguments on both sides.
New Jersey’s trial run for red light cameras suffered a setback earlier this summer after critics charged the “yellow” was turning to “red” too fast in some cases.
A new report finds that of the two dozen intersections in Philadelphia with red light camera enforcement, the ones near City Hall rake in the most dough.
There had been concerns that the yellow lights were timed to meet federal rules, not the slightly different ones called for in a five-year pilot program for the cameras.
There could be a way to get around red light cameras in the form of a new app on the smartphone.
A dozen communities in the suburbs would be eligible for red light traffic cameras under an amendment expected to get a vote today in the Pennsylvania Senate.
Red light cameras have nabbed more than 100,000 drivers in six South Jersey towns over the last two years, and they’ve paid out millions in fines throughout Gloucester and Camden counties.
Red light cameras have been a boon for local governments, but they’re under attack in Trenton and Harrisburg.
“Two thirds of the people injured or killed in red light running related collisions are people other than the red light runner themselves,” said Charles Territo of American Traffic Solutions.
Broad and Vine is now the latest Philadelphia intersection with a red light camera.
Philadelphia already has them but now the city of Chester would be among the Pennsylvania cities eligible for red light traffic cameras under legislation approved by a state Senate committee yesterday.
On Monday, the Philadelphia Parking Authority activated five new red-light cameras at Broad and Vine Streets near Hahnemann Hospital and Roman Catholic High School.
Red light camera apps like Trapster and PhantomAlert are controversial but not illegal.
Red light cameras and speed trap cameras are almost everywhere today. And that means there are more hi-tech ways than ever to get a ticket.