House considers speed camera bill in Pennsylvania


Speed cameras could soon be coming to Pennsylvania if a bill in the House is passed. 

The bill would establish a five-year pilot program to allow speed cameras in highway work zones.

It’s a move that some say is long overdue. 

In 2013, Latanya Byrd’s 27-year-old niece Samara and her three children were hit and killed while crossing the street in Philadelphia. 

“This is four people who were wiped off the face of the Earth because people were driving recklessly,” she said. 

This is why Byrd joined others at the State Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 172. 

“Speed cameras would help slow all motorists down and reduce the incidents of the kinds of crashes that kill people,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. 

The bill would create a five-year pilot program, allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to place speed cameras in active work zones on limited access highways. A $100 fine would be assessed to the owner of a car going at least 11 miles over the speed limit.

No points would be issued. 

“Speed camera technology works,” said Jason Duckworth, president of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. 

But not everyone agrees.

The National Motorists Association is opposed to speed cameras, saying they can generate false readings and the actual driver can’t be positively identified.

On its website, the association says, “Speed cameras encourage artificially low speed limits and revenue-driven enforcement.”

“The revenue that comes from these speed cameras will be distributed throughout the state. They will only go for safety projects. This is not a general revenue generator,” Clark Stuart argues. 

Senate Bill 172 has passed the Senate and is now in the House. 

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