Police and Parking Authority at odds about red light cameras and crashes

Police data show accidents have gone up at many intersections in Philadelphia with red light cameras.   Advocates are still behind the devices that are on many roadways in the region.

The red-light cameras were installed with hopes of reducing accidents, but in come cases more accidents have occurred.  Jenny Robinson of AAA says studies show that properly installed and operated cameras do work.

“That means being based on good crash data and engineering data to justify the locations and being operated with safety in mind first and not just a revenue source,” said Robinson.

In Glassboro, New Jersey there is only one red light camera intersection.  Police Chief Alex Fanfarillo says he would like to have more since this one has worked well.

“Recorded violations or events have come down by about 50 percent,” said Fanfarillo. “It went from an average of nine accidents a month down to two.”

The Philadelphia Parking Authority disputes some of the police data.  Chris Vogler of the authority says the Philadelphia cameras have worked to get fewer people to run red lights, at some locations the numbers are down nearly 90 percent.

 

Below, we’ve mapped out the different locations of red light cameras across Philadelphia.

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