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November 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY By next year, Atlantic City police officers could for the first time patrol streets of this resort town with miniature cameras mounted on their lapels recording every interaction with the public. About 10 to 20 officers, including members of the K-9 and tactical units, could be outfitted with the devices, which are about the size of a deck of cards, in about 90 days, Deputy Chief William Mazur said. Depending on the success, the patrol division of the 314-member department could also eventually be equipped with the cameras, which also function as radio microphones.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 26, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | BY DOM GULLI, Daily News Staff Writer 215-854-5938, gullid@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
September 18, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 11, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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