Report: In jaywalking enforcement, Philadelphia lags behind other major cities
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Philadelphia – Philadelphia is trailing behind many other big cities in its efforts to reduce jaywalking, i.e.; crossing in mid block or against a light.

Pedestrians at 20th Street turning onto the Ben Franklin Parkway often get caught midway across and to see oncoming traffic at 5th and Market Streets. Walking folks are often of the changing lights but they see two lanes of vehicles approaching them.

Since pedestrians consider the green for the cars are the same as green for them, they experienced near-misses all of the time. They seem to play chicken with cars.

So far for this year, Philadelphia police have not cited a single jaywalking, and even records in the department indicate that on average, only around 10 jaywalking tickets are issued by city police a year.

Today, Philadelphia is trying to step-up it efforts to reduce deaths & injuries of pedestrian and they have started issuing tickets to careless pedestrians.

In comparison with other major cities:  last year San Diego has issued in a single day around 328 jaywalking tickets and last year Los Angeles police issued more than 31,000 jaywalking citations in that its Central Bureau, an area of about 900,000 people. Even in New York City, police issued 64 jaywalking tickets in the first three weeks of this year. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York stepped up efforts to reduce pedestrian and traffic deaths.

In the city of Philadelphia, death and injuries problem of pedestrian is an ongoing issue as records showed that in 2013, 37 pedestrians died with injuries of 1,796.

Based on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 162 pedestrians killed with more than 8,919 injury victims by vehicles recorded during the past five years.

To remedy the problem, 26 intersections in Philadelphia are installed with red-light cameras while state legislators continued to work on bills authorizing the setting up of speed-enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard as this is a 12-lane highway that is acclaimed notoriously dangerous in Northeast Philadelphia. Only last month, the city received a $525,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the purpose of expanding pedestrian safety education and enforcement efforts.

Philadelphia, along with New York and Louisville Ky., was only one of the three cities to receive such a grant from among dozens that applied.

Mayor Nutter said that the money will go to useful efforts: (1) to help make Philadelphia a national model for pedestrian safety efforts; (2) for educational advertising, a new police training video, and safe-walking programs for Philadelphia second-graders; and (3) to enhance police rules against the careless driving behaviors that are risky for the lives of pedestrians the most.

Officer John Stanford, Police spokesperson, said that authorities are concentrating on the reduction of vehicle speed and on disseminating educational campaign for both pedestrians and motorists on the importance of safety.

However, he added that there are some areas where they have to focus on criminal activity and cannot give so much attention to the problem of jaywalking. Their main concern is to make safety of the city as important and they are exploring all other options.

Source: Philadelphia CBS Local Com

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