New York City reports speed enforcement cameras are ‘very effective’

 This Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo shows speed cameras aimed at U.S. Route 127, in New Miami, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

This Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo shows speed cameras aimed at U.S. Route 127, in New Miami, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

What can Philadelphia learn from New York’s automated speed enforcement camera program?

Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia has the reputation of being one of the most dangerous roadways not just in the city or the state, but in the nation. Efforts to rein in the dangers have led to the implementation of red light cameras. These cameras will photograph your car and license plate and send you a ticket if you blow through the red light.

Now there’s state legislation making its way through Harrisburg to install as many as nine automated speed enforcement cameras along the 12 mile stretch of Roosevelt Boulevard from the Schuylkill Expressway to the Bucks County border. Anyone caught driving 11 mph above the speed limit would be sent a $150 ticket.

New York City is three years into a similar program. We checked in with Juan Martinez, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the New York City Department of Transportation to see what might lie ahead for Philadelphia. Martinez said once someone gets a speeding ticket they rarely get a second describing it as very effective. Listen to our interview with Martinez who details where they have had the best success.

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