A bill that would have added photo radar along a roadway in Philadelphia has died. The revenue from speeding fines would have been used to help foot
the bill for pedestrian bridges.
Sponsored by Rep. George Kenney, R-Philadelphia, the bill
remained in the House Transportation Committee when the session ended last
month, effectively killing it for the year.
The bill - HB3069 -authorized special cameras to be posted
along Roosevelt Boulevard to deter speeders.
Kenney's plan called for speed-sensitive cameras to be used
to identify vehicles violating the speed limit along the 12-lane, 14-mile
boulevard, which is a section of U.S. Route 1, The Philadelphia Inquirer
The city would have been allowed to issue violations by mail
to the owners of vehicles nabbed by the cameras. Violators would have faced
fines ranging from $125 for driving 6 to 10 mph in excess of the posted limit
to $500 for going more than 30 mph above the limit.
If combined with matching federal funds, Kenny said the
revenue generated by the fines could have been used to construct pedestrian
bridges at key spots along the boulevard.
The measure would also have approved the installation of
more red-light cameras along the roadway.
Kenny touted the plan as another step to find a solution for
making pedestrian traffic safer.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has estimated
it would cost as much as $5 million each to construct pedestrian walkways
across the boulevard.
The agency said for the five years ending in 2005, there
were 20 fatalities of pedestrians along the roadway. Eight of those killed were
hit while crossing the highway at "random crossings" - not a marked crossing or
The bill can be reintroduced during the regular session that
begins Jan. 2.