Getting Caught Squeaking through Red Lights Is Funding Pedestrian Safety Measures in Montco

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PennDOT funds totaling $15 million dollars — much of it sourced from fines associated with running red lights — will go toward making Pennsylvania pedestrians safer. Montgomery County is getting $760,000 of it, reports Anthony Hennen in The Center Square.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the program will support 36 different safety measures across the state, including efforts to improve crosswalk safety with electronic signage.

The Montgomery County allotment, 5.1 percent of the spending statewide, will specifically be used to update traffic signals.

“This program helps communities across the state make important investments in traffic flow and safety,” Wolf said. “These improvements complement the many road, bridge and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania.”

Local “Automated Red Light Enforcement” improvements are financed by fines from violations related to proceeding through lights that legally required a stop. According to the release from Gov. Tom Wolf, the payments from infractions come from 36 intersections in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia will be getting the most local funding, at $7 million. Uses are to include the addition of roundabouts and bike networks, and intersections.

Read more red lights helping PennDOT supply funding to Montgomery County in The Center Square.


Just as a general reminder, here are some recommended tactics for ensuring pedestrians cross busy roadways safely.

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