No more warnings for red light runners

    Philadelphia’s newest red-light cameras are snapping away – trying to catch scofflaws as they run though two high traffic intersections in Center City.

    Philadelphia’s newest red-light cameras are snapping away – trying to catch scofflaws as they run though two high traffic intersections in Center City.

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    The camera lenses are aimed at the north and south intersections of City Hall and Broad Street.

    Chris Vogler is head of red light enforcement for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. He says the authority nearly set a record for the number of warnings they issued during the first half of the 60 day trial period.

    Vogler: In the first 30 day period in both intersections, the parking authority sent out over 2900 warnings, it unfortunately isn’t the highest, we have had higher. It’s still 3,000 instances where people have disregarded red signals at two intersections is very high.

    Running the red light now will result in a $100 dollar fine. Vogler says people are still disregarding the cameras – he witnessed three violations in just a five minute period – but he expects that to change once people get their fines in the mail.

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