Amity Wins 422 Safety Cash From Red-Light Law

AMITY PA – Drivers who ran through red lights in Philadelphia have just handed Amity Township taxpayers a more-than-$173,000 gift. The township is being awarded the money, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday (May 29, 2019), as part of $15.4 million in revenue collected under the state’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program.

The program targets 30 different Philly intersections where Pennsylvania agency statistics indicate red-light running is a problem. Its accompanying law specifies that fines, fees, and penalties collected from errant drivers can be used to pay for projects anywhere in the state that improve safety, enhance mobility, and reduce congestion.

This year, the accumulated cash will help Amity and 37 other municipalities to fund 50 projects, Wolf said. The township is due to receive $173,245 for safety measures at the intersection of U.S. Route 422 and Monocacy Creek Road. The center median on its eastern leg will be reconstructed, and left-turn traffic signal phasing there will be modified.

Amity was one of dozens of municipalities that submitted 134 applications for the funds. An eight-member committee selected the winners based on benefits, effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost-sharing. About $78.4 million collected since the program started in 2010 have paid for 416 safety projects since 2010, according to the state.

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