PPA Activates Speed Cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard & Announces Start of 60 Day Warning Period on Monday – June 1st
(PHILADELPHIA) – Speed cameras have been installed in Philadelphia to improve safety and save lives. The PPA will activate those cameras on Monday, June 1st, by initiating a warning period of 60 days. In announcing the activation of eight automated speed enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard, PPA Executive Director Scott Petri today said, “Philadelphia is concerned about the dangers of speed in the city. We will educate and enforce behaviors that help improve traffic safety. Vehicles that speed will be identified and warning notices will be given from June 1st to July 31st.” Any vehicle electronically clocked traveling at a speed in excess of 11 miles per hour over the speed limit will be mailed a warning during this period. Beginning August 1st, all violators will receive a notice and fine for speeding.”
After the warning period ends on July 31st, all speeding violators will be subject to a fine up to $150 — depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the violation, and will receive a violation and fine notice to the registered address of the vehicle. No points will be added to an individual’s driving record. The fine is aimed at deterring driving at excessive speeds that could lead to fatal injuries.
According to Petri, “The decision to place speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard is the result of a number of high speed-related accidents over the years, many involving serious injury and the tragic loss of life.”
Roosevelt Boulevard currently has nine intersections that are monitored by red light cameras. As a result, red light running has dramatically decreased on the Boulevard by 58% since 2005. When the first red light cameras were activated at Grant Avenue and the Boulevard in 2005, 25,673 red light running violations were recorded. At this same intersection in 2018, 4,697 red light camera violations occurred – a staggering 82% reduction in red light running at this intersection.
“We believe red light cameras save lives — and we believe automated speed enforcement cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard will save more lives,” Petri said.
“Traffic deaths in Philadelphia are preventable and never acceptable,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. ” Adding automated speed cameras on the Boulevard is one of the most effective steps that we can take to eliminate traffic deaths. With the installation of these cameras, we continue to make progress on our Vision Zero efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities in Philadelphia by 2030.”
With an estimated 140 communities in 14 other states already utilizing automated speed enforcement cameras, their effectiveness has been clearly demonstrated. For example, between 2014 and 2017, New York City saw reduced speeding at camera locations by 63% while reducing fatal crashes by 55%.
Ultimately there will be a total of thirty-two (32) automated speed enforcement cameras operational at eight (8) different locations on Roosevelt Boulevard for this pilot program. The automated speed enforcement camera locations will be the following;
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Banks Way
- Roosevelt Boulevard and F Street
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Deveraux Street
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Strahle Street
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Red Lion Road (near Whitten Street)
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road (near Horning Road)