Our goal is to save lives on Roosevelt Boulevard by managing driving speeds. As the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program begins, we want to keep the process as transparent as possible.
With the support of City Council and the State Legislature, the City, in partnership with the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), is starting a five-year pilot program where automated speed cameras are installed along Roosevelt Boulevard. The City will also start using ASE in addition to the traditional moving violation tickets written by State and local Police Officers. The Program is administered by the PPA and began on Monday, June 1st, 2020.
As of January 2020, over 150 municipalities across the country are using automated speed cameras. Although ASE and speed cameras are new to the City and Roosevelt Boulevard, 15 other states have used them in the school zones and along roadways with high numbers of severe crashes.
How did you choose the camera locations?
A long list of possible locations for speed cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard was generated and then screened. In reviewing potential locations, crash reports from 2013 to 2017 were evaluated for the presence of speeding and/or aggressive driving. Construction and operational feasibility determined the final locations for speed cameras.
Speed camera locations were placed close together on the lower portion of the Boulevard, where fatal and serious injury crashes occur more frequently; however, the spacing of the cameras throughout the entire corridor will manage speeds and create a safer Boulevard for all who use it.
Where are the cameras located?
For the initial deployment, there are a total of eight camera locations near these intersections:
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Banks Way
- Roosevelt Boulevard and F Street
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Deveraux Street
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Strahle Street
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Red Lion Road (near Whitten Street)
- Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road (near Hornig Road)
When will the Program start rolling out?
The Program began on Monday, June 1st. Additionally, signs have been installed along Roosevelt Boulevard, between 9th Street and the Philadelphia/Bucks County line to let drivers know about the cameras.
What is a 60-day warning period?
The 60-day warning period is for drivers to get used to the speed cameras without being fined immediately. During that time, drivers who violate the speed limit by driving 11 miles per hour (MPH) or more over the posted limit will get a warning, as well as information about the Program.
What happens when I get a violation?
Following the 60-day warning period and beginning August 1, speed cameras will capture an image of the rear license plate of vehicles going 11 MPH or more over the posted speed limit along the Boulevard. Each case will then be reviewed and inspected by a trained Police Officer. Violations are not automatically issued.
If the vehicle was found to be exceeding the posted speed limit by 11 MPH or more, a violation will be mailed to the motor vehicle owner whose license plate was captured by the camera.
If the vehicle owner was not driving the car at the time, if they no longer own the vehicle, or if the vehicle had been reported stolen prior to the time of the violation, drivers can contest the fine within 30 days of receiving the notice. Information explaining the hearing process for contesting the fine will also be sent with the violation to the vehicle owner.
How much are fines?
Fines start at $100 for drivers going 11 to 20 MPH above the posted speed limit and rise to $150 if vehicles were exceeding the posted speed limit by 30 MPH or more. The starting fine of $100 is the same amount for the existing automated red-light enforcement camera fine.