While their installation is controversial among drivers, officials defend the cameras saying they reduce accidents and increase safety. “This intersection suggested by the local Councilperson’s office.” said the PPA’s O’Rourke “A study was done and it showed a high number of Red Light running at this intersection.”
Traffic at the corner has seen an increase in recent years with drivers using the intersection to travel to the new Park West Shopping Center and buses going to the new Discovery Charter School. With the reopening of the old Leidy School in September, even more traffic will return to this busy location. After the cameras are up and installed, the Journal will continue to watch this location to see if traffic conditions improve or become worse.
For the immediate time, neighborhood drivers should be sure to stop behind the white lines when stopping at this corner. While the lights are scheduled to be active by late October, O’Rourke says “there will be a 45-day warning period” in which letters, but no tickets will be issued following the cameras’ installation.