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New technology may lead to more speeding tickets in PA

Most people in Pennsylvania may have heard of Roosevelt Boulevard, which is well-known for its fatalities. The boulevard is more a highway than an inner-city street, sometimes widening up to 12 lanes as it travels further north.

In the spring of 2019, NBC Philadelphia shared that City Council gave their approval for cameras to be installed along the boulevard. The speed limit on the 12-mile stretch is just 45 miles per hour, but many drivers far exceed this. Lawmakers identify this as one of the main reasons for the deadly crashes in the area.

Cameras mounted along the boulevard detect vehicles speeding by and then take pictures. The city will reportedly issue fines accordingly for speeding for the following amounts:

  •          $100 for speeding 11 to 20 miles per hour over the limit
  •          $125 for speeding 21 to 30 miles per hour over the limit
  •          $150 for speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the limit

When making its decision, the City Council considered not only other drivers, but pedestrians and cyclists. These are the most vulnerable road users. When high speed is involved, survival rates drop severely. The cameras may also bring in more revenue. In Washington D.C., cameras such as these issued 1 million tickets in 2017. Meanwhile, in Maryland, it earned the state $64 million in additional revenue for 2018.

For drivers who receive this and other types of speeding tickets, ABC 27 News recommends the following. First, ensure the location, date and time are correct. Secondly, double-check the speed. Thirdly, match location and speed limit with overage as different rules apply based on these factors.

No one likes to get a speeding ticket, least of all when it is not intentional. However, with new technology now on the streets to catch drivers going 11 miles and over the speed limit, it is best to exercise more caution.

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