Call city to address red light runners

Posted: May 24, 2012

Q. Some time ago, you had a letter regarding parking in the center lane of South Broad Street. The city lost revenue because there were no tickets. Well, I have a related problem with cars running the red lights at Bustleton Avenue and Hartel Street. This happens many times an hour. I live nearby and I have never seen a police car staking out that light. I often see police cars parked at the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts just a stone’s throw away with the cops just talking. A little more patrolling would net the city plenty of extra revenue from the tickets that would be issued. It would also make the streets safer for cars and pedestrians. I have no idea who to call about this without getting the local police angry at me. Please do something before we have a lot of traffic deaths.

A. Contact the officer in charge of the police district in which you live. Also, contact your city councilman and the city’s 3-1-1 line. I think the safety issue is far more important than the lost revenue, but that could also be significant. As to the cops parked at a Dunkin’ Donuts, cops have to eat the same as the rest of us. Is it not possible that what you saw was a lunch break? Incidentally, you can remain anonymous in making these calls. n

Write Harry Gross c/o the Daily News, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Harry urges all his readers to give blood — contact the American Red Cross.

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