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Red Light Cameras May Come to the 'Burbs

The state legislature passed a bill to allow red light cameras in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties.

The Pennsylvania legislature is wrapping up its session with a bill to allow red light cameras in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Pittsburgh, according to a release issued by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

House Bill 254 passed handily in the state Senate on June 29, with 34 yeas and only 15 nays and if signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, would reauthorize the red light camera program in Philadelphia through July 2017, but would also allow for the cameras to be used in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties as well as Pittsburgh.

Municipalities eligible for the red light cameras would have to exceed 20,000 residents and have full-time police forces accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. 

That means red light cameras could be coming to:

Chester County: Tredyffrin, West Chester, West Goshen, West Whiteland townships

Delaware County: Media Borough; Haverford, Radnor, Upper Darby townships, City of Chester

Montgomery County: Lower Merion, Abington, Horsham, Lower Providence, Montgomery, Upper Dublin and Upper Merion townships and Norristown Borough

Details of the law:

  • Fines would be set at $100 (unless a lower amount is approved by the municipality.)
  • The violation would not carry any points. 
  • The legislation prohibits frontal photographs of vehicles.
  • The cameras only can be used for traffic enforcement, not surveillance.

What do you think? Should the suburbs have red light cameras? Take our poll below and let us know what you think in the comment section.

citizenknow July 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Yellow means slow down not speed up. Yellow lights are timed for the conditions and speed limit of the road. If you are obeying the speed limit you will have ample amount of time to stop properly.
citizenknow July 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Because they are only cost efficient in the areas with higher population. Higher population means more people will be protected by the cameras. That's right, I said protected. Having the cameras causes more people to be more cautious because they don't want the tickets. They slow down and pay more attention to stop at red lights.
citizenknow July 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I don't know about these red light camera tickets, but the typical ticket you get from a cop I can tell you about. If you've ever gotten a ticket, you'll see there is the fine, and then a bunch of other funds that are funded to make up the total dollar amount of the ticket. The fine is usually only around 25 dollars. Half of that goes to the state and half of that goes to the local municipality. So, the town only gets 12.50 of your typical ticket. To the people that call it a revenue generator, better rethink your argument.
Anthony Wayne July 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I found this interesting and timely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S4nr6nR2CI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Roberta Hotinski July 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Just got a flyer in my mailbox that says "Stop Red Light Ticket Cameras In Tredyffrin" and gives the date and time for the next Supervisor's meeting. Doesn't say who it's from, but says camera advocates are "chronic liars promoting a known fraudulent product in return for money." And then it says "for unbiased information..." (!) and gives several links. I guess this is supposed to be a pre-emptive strike?

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