Street safety gets attention in City Council

Committee aims to improve pedestrian protections, reduce traffic fatalities

Pat Loeb
May 14, 2018 - 4:40 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Council's Public Safety committee approved a bill aimed at reducing traffic fatalities by requiring intense follow-ups after serious injuries.

The bill would require the Streets Department to issue a report within 60 days of a serious accident in which someone is injured or killed at a dangerous intersection, along with contributing factors such as a high speed limit or a lack of traffic lights — and also propose a plan of corrective action. 

Council would then have two months to adopt any ordinances required for the action plan. 

The Public Safety committee also joined the Streets and Services committee for a hearing on improving safety around schools and day care centers, promising more legislation to come on that front.

Marge Chance, a volunteer for the American Association for Retired People (AARP), testified in support of the bill.

"Crossing the street should not mean crossing your fingers," she said, "yet every hour pedestrians and others are killed because a crosswalk or intersection is unsafe."

The bill would also allow the Managing Director's Office to post a reward, if the cause of the accident included a crime or violation of traffic laws.