Nov 2, 2006 8:32 am US/Eastern
Speed Cameras To Be Tested On The Boulevard

(CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia officials plan to unveil a new tool to help combat speeding along the Roosevelt Boulevard Thursday.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority said they are planning to demonstrate new speed sensitive cameras at the intersection of Red Lion Road and the Boulevard.

The cameras would be similar to ones that are already being used on the busy roadway to catch drivers running red lights.

If pending legislation introduced by State Representative George Kenney passes, the speed sensitive cameras would be installed in over a dozen locations.

The new technology would be part of the battle to make the roadway safer. So far this year, six pedestrians have been struck and killed along the boulevard.

The cameras use Doppler radar to detect drivers going over the posted speed limit. The cameras will take a picture any offender’s license plate and they would be sent a speeding ticket in the mail.

Fines would start at $125 and could go up to $500. All profits collected from the program would go towards creating pedestrian bridges across the Boulevard.

If the legislation is passed, the cameras could be up and running in six to eight months.

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