Speed cams on Roosevelt Boulevard? 'If it makes me slow down ... it’s good'

Tim Jimenez
May 17, 2019 - 10:29 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill that will lead to the installation of speed cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard. The hope is that drivers will slow down on the deadliest highway in the city. 

At the very busy intersection of Tyson Avenue and the boulevard, the initial reaction from drivers who spoke to KYW Newsradio was an admission that they tend to drive a little too fast there. 

One woman, who didn’t want to be recorded, said, "That ... [stinks] for me." (She had another word for "stinks.")

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Brian, who takes the boulevard everyday, says he and others will just have to change their ways.

"You gotta learn. You gotta train yourself to watch the speed limit better. You don’t want to get a ticket. $150 is a lot of money," he said.

"It's gonna be safer. It's gonna be safer for everybody. If it makes me slow down and makes everybody else slow down, it’s good."

The $150 fine is the most expensive penalty, for those who drive 30 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. It’s $125 for those who go anywhere from 21 mph to 30 mph over. It's $100 for drivers moving 11 mph to 20 mph over the limit.

Will people actually slow down? Heather says ... maybe.

"Hopefully. But who knows?" she said. "Some people, they don't care. They don’t care if they get tickets or not."

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is an advocate of the speed cameras. The organization says last year 20% of the 103 people who were killed in traffic in the city, were on the boulevard.

Officials say drivers will face warnings instead of fines during a 60 day grace period after the cameras are installed.