YORK—It's a popular movement and Pennsylvania may be jumping on board. Red light camera legislation passed the Pennsylvania Senate yesterday and will move on to the House for consideration.
The state Senate approved red light cameras yesterday by a vote of 35 to 14. It would allow cameras in 19 cities in PA. The hope is to make intersections safer, however some say, it's simply about the cash.
"The rate of fatal red light crashes was cut by a quarter in the cities with camera enforcement," said Adrian Lund of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The Senate passed the legislation yesterday that would allow cities with a population of 18,000 or more to install red light cameras. The cameras could possibly come to Harrisburg, York, Lancaster and Lebanon. Experts say the technology saves lives.
"If all of our cities had camera enforcement in the years 2004 through 2008, we could have saved 800 lives," Lund said.
Over 500 cities around the country use red light cameras. The fine for a violation will run up to $100. The IIHS says it's about changing the mindset of drivers.
"Somehow, the people who get tickets for running the red lights are being cast as the victims. We seldom hear about the real victims, the people killed or injured by those breaking the law," said Lund.
Detractors say this is nothing more than a money grab. The cities would pocket 50 percent of the revenue. That money is earmarked for road improvements. Some believe, that potential revenue stream gives cities an incentive to install and enforce the cameras.
Right now, Philadelphia is the only place in the state that has red light cameras. Since its inception in 2005, red light cameras have produced over $45 million in fines.
The measure will now move on to the House for consideration.