More than 900,000 tickets have been issued on Roosevelt Boulevard since a speed camera program began in June 2020. And the agency overseeing the program says there are signs electronic speed cameras are slowing drivers down.
According to a new Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) report.Speeding violations have fallen by more than 91% since last November.
The release of the new data in the Roosevelt Boulevard Automated Speed Camera Annual Report comes as the parks authority asked the city to make funding for the camera program permanent.
The speed camera program went into effect in June 2020 with the goal of reducing speeding and helping prevent some of the tragic accidents for which Roosevelt Boulevard, also known as US Route 1, has become notorious.
More than 700,000 tickets were issued during the approximately nine months of the speed camera program, according to the PPA. Then another nearly 225,000 fines were issued from February 2021 to February 2022. The violations were sent after the PPA started deploying speed cameras at eight intersections.
When the program began in June 2020, about 1.66% of the traffic volume was issued a subpoena, according to the PPA. That number has steadily declined to 0.07% of the nearly 13 million drivers who used Route 1 in northeast Philadelphia in February 2022, according to PPA data. The agency is still collecting figures for the last few months.
Roosevelt Boulevard, also known as US Route 1, runs through Philadelphia from the Schuylkill River to the Bucks County city limits. The 12-lane highway has been particularly deadly for pedestrians over the past two decades, and the speed cameras have been installed to lower average motorist speeds.
The PPA sees success in slowing down drivers and wants to expand the speed camera program.
They would like to add cameras at two new intersections, West Roosevelt Boulevard between 7th and 9th Streets and Roosevelt Boulevard near Summerdale and Pratt, after NBC10 reported a fatal crash that occurred there in November 2021 .
The program is slated to expire in 2023, but the PPA hopes that, based on its success, the city will allocate more money to keep it and expand beyond the boulevard.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/roosevelt-boulevard-speed-cameras-northeast-philadelphia/3235193/ With Speeding Down on Roosevelt Boulevard, PPA wants to expand the speed camera program – NBC10 Philadelphia