Since red light cameras were installed seven years ago, Philly drivers have (begrudgingly) paid upwards of $50 million in resulting fines. But now Pennsylvania legislators are saying that if the program can’t be expanded to other cities, they may have to scrap Philly’s cameras altogether.
Philly’s red light camera program was supposed to be terminated at the end of last year, but the program was granted a six-month extension in hopes that another bill allowing cameras in Pittsburgh and other cities would be passed. That bill is currently held up in the House.
It seems that legislators are apparently reluctant to give Philly a special extension without proof that the cameras can work in neighboring cities.
Spokesman for the House Majority Leader, Stephen Miskin, expressed additional concerns as well, “For instance, how it works. There’s still members who, in other parts of the state – their constituents are still getting tickets from Philadelphia when they’ve never gone to Philadelphia.”
June 2012 is the deadline and according to Miskin, “It is a possibility that the program may end.”
This could be the first time government incompetence actually works in our favor.
Source and photos: CBS 3