Drivers using Roosevelt Boulevard for commutes between Bucks County and Hunting Park will need to slow down if a bill proposed by the Pennsylvania legislature passes. The bill would pay for cameras to be placed along the boulevard that carries about 90,000 cars per day.
Current Enforcement Efforts
Drivers using this stretch of highway are already subject to fines if they are caught not stopping at intersections. In all, Philadephia has 138 red light cameras with 50 of them located along this busy stretch of road.
Reason for Cameras
The state says that cameras are necessary to protect pedestrians who often walk in the area. Over 3,000 accidents occurred on this 9 mile stretch of highway from 2011 to 2016. In all, 50 people lost their lives with 40 percent of them being pedestrians.
Vision Zero Program
This project is the first planned project of Philadelphia’s new Vision Zero Program. This legislation was signed into law by Mayor Kennedy in November 2016 with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero by 2030. Many cities around the world have adopted similar plans after Sweden created the first one in 1997.
Goals of Program
Philadelphia has one of the worse traffic-related deaths per 100,000 people in the United States. The Vision Zero action plan is divided into four key components:
- Redesign corridors and intersections to make them safer
- 2. Identify dangerous behaviors and most dangerous intersections
- Increase community engagement
- Increase traffic enforcement
City officials say that they are particularly concerned because many of the most dangerous areas in Philadelphia are located in poorer neighborhoods where more people walk.
While officials with the city argue that the intent behind this law is to make everyone safer, there are some who think that this is just another way for the city to raise revenue as each person caught speeding would receive a speeding ticket.</li></ul>