Philadelphia Parking Authority Debuts New Video Demonstrating the Benefits of Red Light Cameras

Video features top city commissioners, elected officials and a traffic safety expert

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (Philadelphia, PA)– Since 2005 when the PA General Assembly authorized the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to establish a Red Light Camera Program in the city of Philadelphia, the PPA has equipped 24 intersections (over 100 cameras) throughout the city with cameras that monitor traffic and automatically photograph vehicles that drive into an intersection after the light has turned red.

Today the PPA is releasing an instructional video that explains how the cameras work, and how the cameras are changing driver behavior and saving lives here in Philadelphia.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped put this important instructional video together. The red light camera program in Philadelphia has reduced red light running substantially, and is saving lives. This video will be used to increase public awareness to the dangers of running red lights,” said Vincent Fenerty, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Hear what people are saying in the video about the positive impact of Philadelphia’s red light cameras:

“What red light cameras really causes people to do is think about what they are doing to make sure they don’t get that citation. The goal isn’t to generate revenue. In fact, overtime your revenue will actually drop because people are more compliant with the law, which is what you want to see. This is about saving lives.”
– Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department.

“When we can educate our public to the fact that red light running is dangerous, it causes accidents, it costs people their lives, when that education goes through, they understand the reason for the cameras and understand that those cameras are going to help folks and save lives.”
-Lloyd Ayers, Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department

“This particular intersection where the red light cameras are (Aramingo Avenue and York Street) was an important intersection for us where pedestrians were getting hurt . . . the fact that these red light cameras are here helped save pedestrian lives and reduce accidents.
-John Taylor, PA State Representative, 177th Legislative District

“….red light cameras will change driver behavior. I can tell you personally because I received a red light camera ticket myself. I knew then that I had to be extremely cautious when I go through intersections from that day going forward.”
Ronald G. Waters, PA State Representative, 191st Legislative District

Each ticket costs drivers $100. The main goal of this program is to promote public safety. Revenue from the program goes to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), which then distributes the money evenly between the city of Philadelphia and the state through grants for transportation projects.

View the video here: http://youtu.be/nt3lWLVnbrI

The first cameras were installed at Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Cottman Avenue along Roosevelt Boulevard. Since the program’s inception, cameras have also been installed at 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, Broad Street and Hunting Park Avenue, 58th and Walnut Streets, Broad and Vine Streets, Broad Street and South Penn Square, Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard around City Hall, Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane, Rising Sun and Adams Avenues, Aramingo Avenue and York Street, Aramingo and Castor Avenues, and Lindbergh Boulevard and Island Avenue. There are also cameras at Welsh, Southampton, Mascher, Levick, Rhawn and 9th Streets along Roosevelt Boulevard. The most recent red light camera intersections are located at Academy Road and Grant Avenue, Woodhaven and Knights Roads, and Bustleton Avenue and Byberry Road. Philadelphia’s Red Light Camera Program was recently extended until 2017.