By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Red-light cameras could be operational at three busy intersections in Abington Township by the end of the year.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: DA To Provide Update On Ongoing Issue Of Dirt Bikes, Motorcycles On Philly Streets Following Deadly Shooting In Port Richmond
The move, pending PennDot approvals, would make the township the first suburban community outside of Philadelphia, to install the cameras.
If PennDOT gives the final green light to the project, cameras could be functioning by year’s end at Old York Road and Susquehanna Road, Old York Road and Old Welsh Road, and Moreland Road and Fitzwatertown Road.
The townships commissioners signed a contract with a Massachusetts company to install the cameras at those high-traffic intersections.
Police relied on traffic crash data to determine the best locations.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Man Shot In Chest, Killed In Kensington
Up to now, Philadelphia has been the only community in the state to have the red-light cameras operating.
Legislation passed last year expanded the program to allow Pittsburgh and other suburban municipalities, including Abington, the option to explore cameras.
While supporters of the technology claim safety benefits – meaning fewer serious accidents – opponents claim the cameras cause more rear-end collisions and are nothing more than a grab for cash.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the cameras are operating in more than 500 communities across 24 states, and the District of Columbia.
In Pennsylvania, the revenue the cameras raise is first used to support their operation.MORE NEWS: 25-Year-Old Man Rushed To Hospital After Shot Multiple Times In Philadelphia's Fairhill Section
The balance goes to a state fund which pays for traffic safety improvement projects.