August 24, 2014 |
A computer malfunction has saved about 17,000 motorists, including hundreds in four South Jersey towns, from getting $85 tickets for running red lights. The company that operates red-light cameras for 17 New Jersey towns, American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., has notified the state that a computer glitch occurred between May 28 and June 30 and resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations that had occurred earlier this year. Under state law, if a ticket is not served within 90 days, it must be dismissed.
April 29, 2014
CAMDEN COUNTY PATCO riders and motorists who use the Ben Franklin Bridge can talk to DRPA officials at three public meetings next month. The meetings are being held to provide more information about expected delays for both train commuters and motorists caused by a two-year, $103-million track construction project on the bridge. Those delays will increase on Friday, as single-tracking will last from 5:30 a.m. on Fridays until 4:30 a.m. on Mondays. Then, in early June, one track will be closed all day, every day, for 60 days.
March 28, 2014 |
Pennsylvania motorists, already facing higher prices at the gas pumps, will see some vehicle fees rise next week, courtesy of the transportation-funding law approved last year. Act 89, the transportation measure advocated by Gov. Corbett and narrowly approved by the legislature in November, will provide about $2.3 billion more a year by 2018 for better roads, safer bridges, and improved public transit. This year, the revenue will be about $350 million, but it will increase each year as taxes and fees rise.
March 27, 2014 |
A majority of New Jersey motorists continues to support the use of red-light cameras, but in declining numbers, a new survey by AAA shows. The poll of 1,000 motorists found 56 percent support use of the cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. That's down from 77 percent in 2007, before New Jersey allowed the use of such cameras, and down from 61 percent in 2011, as cameras were being used in 25 towns as part of a five-year pilot program. Some of the change in attitude may be attributed to their increased usage, as people who have been caught by red-light cameras are more likely to view them negatively, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jenny Robinson said.
December 2, 2013 |
The Burlington County Bridge Commission calls them "openings. " But to the hundreds of motorists stuck each time the deck of the Tacony-Palmyra or Burlington-Bristol Bridges rises, those random events are definitely closings. "My son has a doctor's appointment at 6 o'clock," said a frustrated William Lyou, stuck in an opening last week that had begun at 5:13 p.m. It was 5:32, peak rush hour. Traffic on Route 73 in New Jersey was backed up for nearly a mile, and vehicles on Robbins Street in Philadelphia were halted for blocks.
November 30, 2013
As the first Pennsylvania suburb prepares to install red-light cameras, Abington Township residents may well fear that their tax bills will take a big jump to pay for the program if not enough motorists flout the law. That's the dilemma posed by red-light camera enforcement programs, which require substantial sums upfront to cover the cost of installing and maintaining cameras, as well as the paperwork associated with issuing $100 tickets to motorists who...
November 20, 2013 |
The speed limit on Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive is 35 m.p.h., but the average speed of motorists is nearly 55. In an attempt to slow everybody down, the city has installed sensors in the roadway that determine the speed of vehicles approaching Fountain Green, about a half-mile north of the Girard Avenue Bridge. If a vehicle passes the sensor going above the speed limit, the light at Fountain Green turns red. Previously, the light turned red only if a car was waiting to turn onto Kelly Drive or a pedestrian pushed the crosswalk button.
September 9, 2013
Among the legions of motorists who take to the roads each day in New Jersey, it may be difficult to find one who doesn't realize that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, according to opinion surveys. Distracted driving has killed and seriously injured people on highways across the region and nation. So why do so many motorists still text? The question continues to dog lawmakers in Trenton. Having sensibly banned drivers from even handling cellphones, much less texting with them, the Legislature is toying with the idea of allowing police to confiscate smartphones on the spot if drivers are caught holding them.
June 7, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate approved a $2.5 billion transportation-funding bill Wednesday, aimed at repairing thousands of aging bridges and miles of roads while pumping more money into transit, setting the stage for a fight over the bill's fate in the House. The plan, championed by Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty (R., Montgomery), ups the ante on the $1.8 billion proposal Gov. Corbett unveiled in February to address the state's infrastructure problems. Rafferty's bill, was approved on a 45-5 vote, would increase driver's license and vehicle-registration fees, and put a hefty surcharge on speeders and others who violate traffic laws.
May 14, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia Monday morning to address the University of Pennsylvania's 257th commencement. The ceremony will be held at Franklin Field and motorists should be prepared for traffic backups in the area. Biden will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.