Next new thing for Roosevelt Boulevard … speed cameras?

Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia already has red light cameras. Now a state senator wants to add speed cameras in hopes of making the deadly road safer.

Pennsylvania Sen. Mike Stack, D-Philadelphia, says adding cameras to enforce speed limits on Roosevelt Boulevard will save lives.

“To get people to slow it down dramatically,” he said. “I’m not talking about run-of-the-mill people who are over the speed limit, I’m talking about crazy, reckless, drag-acing type drivers who drive over 100 miles an hour on the boulevard and have killed people.”

The cameras would have speed-sensing equipment and take pictures of violators. Speeding tickets would be issued, but those citations would not add points to the driver’s license.

Stack says he would prefer to add enough police to crack down on speeders.

“My goal is to get more police to patrol in Philadelphia because it’s always the individual men and women who do the best job,” he said. “In the interim, we need to use technology to see if we can get people to stop using their cars as instruments of crime.”

Stack says he will introduce legislation in Harrisburg soon to authorize the speed cameras.

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