October 30, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The streets around City Hall produce the most red-light-camera violations - and revenue, AAA Mid-Atlantic says in a new analysis of Philadelphia red-light-camera intersections. In 2012, the automated cameras resulted in 22,611 tickets to motorists who ran lights at South Broad Street on the south side of City Hall, while the cameras at Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard on the north side were responsible for 20,084 citations, AAA said. Each ticket carries a $100 fine, so those intersections produced $4.27 million in fines.
October 26, 2013 |
As red-light cameras move into Philadelphia's Pennsylvania suburbs, motorists and local officials who have long focused on safety issues face a new question: Can the cameras pay for themselves? Abington Township, in Montgomery County, is preparing to install 10 cameras at three busy intersections before the end of this year, hoping to reduce accidents. It has agreed to use revenue from fines to pay Gatso Inc. of Beverly, Mass., $504,000 a year to install and operate the cameras. The money left after expenses will go into a state fund for highway safety projects around Pennsylvania.
October 25, 2013 |
ABINGTON The AAA Mid-Atlantic office, which covers the Philadelphia region, issued a news release this week that reads more like a hard-charging policy paper from a think tank than the traditional price-at-the-pump and road-hazards missives from the folks you call to tow your car. The fuel for the AAA's ire are red-light cameras in Pennsylvania - an issue set to expand beyond Philadelphia as Abington Township in Montgomery County gets ready to install...
September 20, 2013 |
VIOLENCE TOWARD taxi drivers has gotten so bad - one was killed in May, many more have been shot, stabbed or otherwise assaulted this year - that several cabbies suggested yesterday that cameras be installed in all taxis. "It's been a tough and bloody year for cabdrivers in Philadelphia," James Ney, director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab & Limousine Division, said at a forum on taxi safety at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The majority of cabbies in attendance said cameras would help identify criminals, if not deter them.
September 18, 2013 |
ABINGTON Those controversial red-light cameras, already in use in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and elsewhere in the country, could soon make their first appearance in the Pennsylvania suburbs. The Abington Township Board of Commissioners voted, 14-1, last week to approve the installation of the cameras, designed to catch drivers who run red lights. The township is waiting for the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which will review current traffic-control measures at three busy intersections this week.
September 11, 2013 |
ALL JOHNNY Football, all the time. That's what you'll get Saturday during CBS' telecast of the Texas A & M-Alabama game. The network has added an extra camera, dubbed the "Johnny Cam," that will keyed on A&M's quarterback Johnny Manziel for the entire game. "No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it," Craig Silver, the coordinating producer of college football for CBS Sports, told Richard Deitsch of SI.com. "If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it. " How great would it be if they caught him charging for autographs at halftime.
August 20, 2013 |
YOU CAN'T FIX stupid, but technology could help - at least when it comes to the moron motorists who reinforce Roosevelt Boulevard's reputation as a place where mothers and children should fear to tread. State Sen. Mike Stack said he plans to introduce legislation to bring "photo speed enforcement" cameras to the Boulevard when lawmakers return from their summer recess. He was spurred by the horrific deaths of Samara Banks and her three kids, all of whom authorities say were mowed down by Khusen Akhmedov while he was drag racing with another driver on the Boulevard near 2nd Street on July 16. "We're not engaging in hyperbole when we say it's life or death," Stack said recently.
August 16, 2013
THE SUN IS HANGING low in the muggy air, shadows are stretching on Fairmount Avenue, and three guys are looking for trouble. The trouble they are looking for is unlicensed sidewalk cafés, or licensed cafés in violation, such as taking up too much sidewalk or chairs on Bilco doors, which cover the steps to the basement. The one-year license must be renewed annually by June 30, so summer is prime time for enforcement by the 17-member Streets Department Right-of-Way Unit, seven of whom are inspectors.
August 9, 2013 |
Some drivers caught by red-light cameras in Cherry Hill, Stratford, and three other municipalities will get small refunds from the cameras' operator under a tentative $2.1 million settlement announced Wednesday. The money, to be paid by Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix, will be divided among about 260,000 drivers and their lawyers. Individual drivers involved in the class-action lawsuit can expect refunds of $8.50 or $14, depending on the amount of their citations. That equals 10 percent of the fines; individual tickets were $85 or $140.
August 6, 2013 |
IS THIS ART imitating life or life imitating art? Or is it merely an example of why you need to get permits when you make a movie in a big city? College filmmakers in L.A. were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban coffee shop when police officers descended on the masked actors. The guns that the police were carrying? Not props. "Drop the gun! Drop it! Drop it!" one officer yelled, on a recording police made of the incident. One of the actors immediately let go of his fake assault rifle.