After years of waiting, Roosevelt Boulevard finally gets speed cameras

Justin Udo
January 13, 2020 - 3:07 pm
Cars on Roosevelt Boulevard.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After years of political drama, Philadelphia is getting its first speed cameras, and they're going up in places that have seen quite a few fatal crashes over the years.

Roosevelt Boulevard has a notorious reputation as being one of deadliest roads in the country, but lawmakers in Philadelphia are aiming to change that by installing speed cameras down the 15-mile stretch of road.

"Cameras will be in every lane, there will be signage to warn you. It's not about trapping people, it's about changing behavior," explained the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Scott Petri.

During the installation of the first speed camera at Roosevelt Boulevard and Solly Avenue, Petri said this pilot program will place 32 different cameras at eight locations from the Bucks County line to City Avenue.  

"There have just been too many people that have been killed or injured trying to cross this very busy well used road. We have to slow people down," he said.

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The idea of this program is to make people pay attention.

"If it follows national trends, they'll be immediately 60% to 68% reduction in speeders," he added. 

Petri said after a 60 day grace period, speeders going more than 11 miles over the speed limit will start getting tickets with graduated rates that can hit $150.

Petri added those tickets will not result in points on your license, and there will be signs to let you know the speed limits on the road.