PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new bill to expand the use of red light cameras in Pennsylvania is on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.

The legislation allows the use of red light cameras here in Pittsburgh as well as in suburban Philadelphia and larger municipalities across the Commonwealth.

Since 2005, Philadelphia has been the state’s only city with red light cameras.

Advocates said there has been a noticeable reduction in accidents.

The cameras take pictures of drivers who drive through red lights. The drivers then receive a citation in the mail.

“We’re not trying to hide them from you,” City Councilman Corey O’Connor said. “There would be a sign that says, ‘Camera at the next light.’”

Some people are for the cameras.

“If it’s something that is going to make the streets of Pittsburgh safer, then I’m for it,” Stan Thompson, of Manchester, said.

Others aren’t so sure.

“It’s too Big Brother-ish for me,” Jeff Farthing, of Oakmont said. “It just doesn’t seem like that’s appropriate to me.”

There’s a lot of planning and red tape before the cameras go into operation.


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