PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s one of the most dangerous roads in America. Now, new speed cameras are coming to Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard, a move officials hope will improve safety.
Over a four-year period, there have been more than 2,700 accidents on Roosevelt Boulevard and nearly 140 people were killed or seriously injured.
Constantly busy and notorious for speeders, many have lost loved ones to crashes on Roosevelt Boulevard, though few have suffered like the Byrd family.
“We lost four family members,” Latanya Byrd said.
In July 2013, Tamara Banks and three of her children were killed crossing Roosevelt Boulevard by two men police say were drag racing. On Wednesday, Byrd spoke about the painful loss of her niece and niece’s children as Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a new law that will add automated speed cameras along the boulevard.
“Today is a celebration for our family to feel some relief, knowing that my niece and my nephews’ lives weren’t just taken in vain,” Byrd said.
As many as 20 speed cameras will be placed along the boulevard between 9th Street and the border with Bucks County. Fines will range from $100 to $150 depending on excessive speed.
While the tickets are not moving violations that count as points against your license, ignoring them could have serious consequences.
“Similar situation as would happen if you were flouting parking tickets anywhere else, eventually you’re running the risk of losing your vehicle,” Philadelphia Deputy Transportation Manager Mike Carroll said.
For those who live along the boulevard and have to sometimes cross it, the additions of a speed deterrent is welcome news.
“I like the idea because we need speed cameras in this area. People are getting killed a lot on Roosevelt Boulevard,” Olney resident Mona Freeman said.
“I think that would be a good idea to start with. Hopefully it will help to slow them down a little,” Olney resident Sue Fargonoli said.
City officials say they are still working out a plan for the exact locations of the speed cameras, but they say they will be up running and issuing tickets by the end of this year.