In Philadelphia, the Roosevelt Boulevard anti-speeding program was a success


PHILADELPHIA CREAM – A 2-year-old camera system helped alleviate the chaos and danger on Roosevelt Boulevard, city officials say.

Mayor Jim Kenney, along with other city and state officials, will hold a press conference on Tuesday to highlight the success of the Roosevelt Boulevard Automated Speed ​​Enforcement (ASE) pilot program.

According to data released by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), in the first seven months of its implementation, ASE helped reduce road fatalities on Roosevelt Boulevard by about 50 percent. Additionally, monthly speeding tickets have decreased significantly since the implementation of ASE, with a reduction of approximately 93% between June 2020 and January 2022.

“The success of automated speed control here on Roosevelt Boulevard cannot be overstated. Even though traffic accidents increased in late 2020 in Philadelphia and nationwide, the boulevard had 200 fewer accidents in the first seven months,” Kenney said. “New legislation, at the state and local level, is needed to keep these cameras working, bring the success of automated speed enforcement to other corridors in our city, and save lives.”

The speed camera program went into full effect in June 2020 as part of the city’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative. The initiative was developed with the aim of reducing the number of deaths on the city’s roads to zero by 2030.

Prior to the installation of these cameras, Roosevelt Boulevard, also known as Route 1, had earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous roads in the city. According to the Vision Zero Philadelphia website, between 2013 and 2017 there were 2,695 accidents on Roosevelt Boulevard, at least 139 of which resulted in death or injury.

A similar program has also seen success at the state level with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and the Pennsylvania State Police working together to implement its automated speed enforcement in work areas around the same time last year.

As a result of this implementation, PennDOT reported a 25% decrease in fatal car crashes in the first year and a half.

City and state officials are calling for action at the state level to make these cameras a permanent addition to the streets of Philadelphia.

“Today, two years after the cameras were put into operation, the positive impact of these programs has been proven. We have seen a 93% reduction in speeding since enforcement began in June 2020,” said Deputy Chief Transportation Officer Mike Carroll. “The evidence is clear. Automated speed control saves lives.