Taylor Bill Would Place Radar Cameras Along Roosevelt Boulevard to Target Speeders
— Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) has introduced legislation to reduce vehicle speeds on Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) through the use of photo radar devices.
“Roosevelt Boulevard remains on the more dangerous roadways in the state, especially for pedestrians trying to cross the long intersections,” Taylor said. “But this situation is made worse by motorists who speed through the long stretches of roadway. We must find more resourceful ways to slow drivers down. Photo radar devices should be an option.”
A study by the International Cochrane Collaboration found that photo radar devices reduce all speed-related crashes by as much as 25 percent. For crashes involving fatalities, photo radar drops that statistic by as much as 44 percent.
In vehicle crashes in the last five years, 159 involved vehicles striking pedestrians. In June, 17-year-old Markaylah Jackson died crossing the boulevard at Adams Avenue. The van driver of who struck her drove off to leave the teen to die on the pavement.
House Bill 2233
would place photo speed enforcement cameras only along Route 1 in Philadelphia from the Bucks County line to Interstate 76.
The city could choose to manage the cameras or hire a contractor to handle it. PennDOT would have to approve the cameras and appropriate signs would be placed on Route 1 to alert drivers to the use of photo speed enforcement devices.
Under the Taylor proposal, a person who violates the speed limit by at least 11 miles per hour and is recorded by a photo speed enforcement device would be fined $150. No points would be assessed on the driver’s record.
“I recognize that privacy of these images is important,” Taylor said. “Law enforcement would only get access to them if they are conducting a criminal investigation. The recorded images would be destroyed within one year of final disposition of a recorded event.”
The legislation also includes several valid defenses to violations, including if the person named in the notice of the violation was not operating the vehicle at the time and discloses the identity of the driver, if the vehicle was reported to a police department as stolen prior to the time of the violation, and if the person receiving the notice of the violation was not the owner of the vehicle at the time.
The bill is now before the House Transportation Committee.
Representative John Taylor
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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