Safer Streets, Happier Feet: Pennsylvania Bill Aims to Improve Driving and Walking Environment

HarrisburgCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

PENNSYLVANIA — A bill crafted by State Representative Ed Neilson successfully cleared the House Transportation Committee this week. Once passed, it aims to create a safer driving and walking environment across Pennsylvania.

House Bill 1284, as it was reported by the committee, would seek to maintain the automated speed enforcement systems on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, and expand the program to any road in Philadelphia at locations approved by a city ordinance and by the state Transportation Department.

According to the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s annual report, speeding violations on Roosevelt Boulevard have decreased by 88.5% from June 2020 to November 2022. Total crashes on the Boulevard have decreased by 36% since the start of the program, while total crashes have only declined by 6% in the rest of the city.

Neilson’s bill also seeks to better protect school children traveling to school by providing full enforcement for failure to stop for a school bus whose lights are flashing red with its stop arm activated and creating a pilot program for automated speed enforcement systems in active school zones in Philadelphia at locations approved by city ordinance and by PennDOT.

“This will help children be able to get to school safety, by expanding this program to school zones,” Neilson said. “I get calls to my office all the time expressing concern over vehicles speeding through school zones.”

Neilson continued that as chair of the House Transportation Committee, he is dedicated to the drivers and pedestrians of Pennsylvania, as their safety is of utmost importance.

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