WATCH: PPA Video Touts Benefits Of Red Light Cameras

This is a pretty straightforward video about the benefits of red light cameras in Philly, put out today by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Mostly, though, it’s awesome for the epic music at the beginning, which signals that the city is preparing for an invasion. “They can take our license plates! But they can’t have our red light cameraaaaaaas!” Or something.

PPA adds: “The first cameras were installed at Grant Avenue, Red Lion Road and Cottman Avenue along Roosevelt Boulevard. Since the program’s inception, cameras have also been installed at 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, Broad Street and Hunting Park Avenue, 58th and Walnut Streets, Broad and Vine Streets, Broad Street and South Penn Square, Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard around City Hall, Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane, Rising Sun and Adams Avenues, Aramingo Avenue and York Street, Aramingo and Castor Avenues, and Lindbergh Boulevard and Island Avenue. There are also cameras at Welsh, Southampton, Mascher, Levick, Rhawn and 9th Streets along Roosevelt Boulevard. The most recent red light camera intersections are located at Academy Road and Grant Avenue, Woodhaven and Knights Roads, and Bustleton Avenue and Byberry Road. Philadelphia’s Red Light Camera Program was recently extended until 2017.”

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  • “100,000 injured, 100s more killed from red-light running related collisions” . . . caused by traffic engineers who set the yellow light durations too short. Drivers are not at fault for these statististics; traffic engineers are.
    Engineers set the yellow light duration to v/2a, where v is speed limit and a is the comfortable deceleration rate.
    For anyone who has taken one class in physics will see a problem with t = v/2a.
    Law of physics:
    t = v/a
    The presence of the “2” in the yellow light duration formula is the reason why 100,000 people are injured, hundreds are killed, and millions of drivers run red lights.
    “Safer over time”. Lie. Given the Redflex camera citation statistics for all 17 intersections in Cary, NC, the number of drivers running red lights does not change over time. What reduces red light running at a particular intersection is increasing the yellow light duration. Even a 0.5 second increase decreased the red light running by 80%. Also once people see the camera erected, they find alternate routes their destination.