On Monday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the installation of the first eight traffic cameras to be placed in Northeast Philadelphia along Roosevelt Boulevard.
Roosevelt Boulevard is considered to be one of Philadelphia’s most dangerous roadways, partially due to the rampant speeding down this stretch of roadway.
According to Major Kenny, these speed cameras will be one of the most effective measures to reduce the fatalities caused by speeding drivers.
According to the CDC, “injury crash reductions are likely to be in the range of 20 to 25 percent at conspicuous, fixed camera sites.”
Several cities around the US have benefitted from speed camera placement. Cities from Scottsdale, Arizona to Portland, Oregon have seen decreases in their vehicular injury and fatality rates in the areas where they have introduced speed cameras.
The initial placements for these eight cameras will be near the following roadways:
After this initial pilot program is rolled out, a total of 32 speed cameras are planned to be installed.
Speeders driving in excess of 11mph over the speed limit will be subject to a fine of up to $150 and zero license penalty points. However, there will be a 60-day warning period once the speed cameras are operational.
Several studies have been conducted about the effectiveness of speed cameras. Many studies have found conclusive evidence that these devices not only slow down the rate of speeding vehicles, but they also reduce the number of crashes in the areas in which they are located. 2010 research conducted by C. Wilson, Willis, Hendrikz, Le Brocque, and Bellamy, 2010 asserts reported a 14-65% reduction in speeding vehicles and an 8-49% reduction in crashes.