Philadelphia City Council is considering the installation of red light cameras at three high-crash intersections to deter red light runners. Offenders would face a $100 fine if caught. According to Rich Lazer, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the existing 35 intersections with cameras have already reduced red-light running by 40%, making those areas safer.
The proposed new cameras will target specific locations with a history of accidents and red-light violations. These areas include the intersection of Belmont Road, Ford Road, and Overbrook Avenue; Kelly Drive and Falls Bridge; and 17th and Washington Avenue.
Lazer emphasized that the camera placement is data-driven, focusing on areas with accidents, pedestrian incidents, and a high volume of red light complaints. The legislation aims to enhance safety at these identified trouble spots.