PHIA News Digest – Vol. 77

May 31, 2016

PDSITELOGO2Pennsylvania effort would expand, extend use of automated tickets
A leading Pennsylvania state lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase and extend the state’s red-light camera program at the same time the governor has announced traffic safety grants using the ticket revenue.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, is behind a bill that covers traffic signals and the use of automated enforcement in the state.

Law enforcement across Pennsylvania buckles down on seat belt enforcement
You might want to think twice before you decide not to buckle up over the next couple of weeks.

Police in Lancaster and nationwide will be writing more tickets for seat belt violations through June 5 as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket campaign, which emphasizes increased enforcement and education.

New PennDOT Open Data Portal Puts Road, Bridge and Other Transportation Data at Public’s Fingertips
Less than a month after Governor Tom Wolf announced steps to make Pennsylvania’s data more transparent and accessible to the public, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched an Open Data portal housing data ranging from roadway pavement conditions to rail facility locations.

The portal,, leverages a GIS platform used in several states and helps local government, planning and business partners as well as the public. The data, grouped by roadways, bridges, rail, facilities, boundaries and projects, can be used for mapping, sharing, charting and more.

PA Tightens Drunk-Driving Law
Pennsylvania is clamping down harder on drunk driving.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires many first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock on their vehicles for a year. The device prevents the car from starting when the driver has been drinking.


One Comment on this post.

  1. Joe
    June 3, 2016 at 11:54 am
  2. It was reported TWICE in the Philly Inquirer that crashes went UP in the city at red-light camera intersections. How was this missed? How can the officials deny this, when it was in black and white? Unreal! Anyone who cannot see this is revenue driven must have blinders on.

    All this is a gimmick of poor traffic engineering and predatory enforcement. It has to be setup to ticket safe drivers. Who cares if they have to pay or crashes go up? Who cares if the wrong guy is even cited? Who cares if the ticket has an erroneous reading?

    So when the light is too short, people are cited a split-second after it changes, for stopping over the stop line, or a non-complete stop for a right-on-red turn, who can defend this setup?

    All you need are speed limits set to the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, longer yellows, decent length all-red intervals, and sensors to keep an all-red in someone enters late. No crashes! Can also sync lights and use sensors to change them and know where cars are.

    Add to this the speed cameras where the limits are too low, as well as tickets just barely over the limit. Heck, a guy in Baltimore was going 57 mph, while SITTING at a light! There were so many errors there that Baltimore scrapped the speed camera program. Low speed limits=more crashes, see the Solomon Curve.

    Then we have the stop-arm cameras, but wait, school buses are the ones running kids over per governmental data, not other cars. Why can’t PA use the stop-arm extenders that block the oncoming lane?

    But wait, then throw in municipal police radar, so we can cite people for breaking the absurdly low speed limits and being barely over them. This also has many errors.

    Check out the National Motorists Association for unbiased driving info.