Friday, April 26, 2013
In case you missed it, here are some of the most read stories on Abington Patch during April.
April is closing out. Take a minute to see the top stories of the month on Abington Patch. The stories are listed below. Read them, forward them and even leave a comment if you’re feeling the need.
Friday, April 19, 2013
John Walko explains the law behind the Abington red light cameras.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Abington Board of Commissioners approves red light cameras at three township intersections.
Following a lengthy public hearing, the Abington Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance late Thursday night allowing the use of automated red light cameras at three township intersections. The ordinance was amended to expire one year from the implementation of the cameras ... unless the board takes action to extend it. Abington was one of 13 municipalities in Pennsylvania approved to consider red light cameras because of its size and its police department’s accreditation status. The three intersections to get robot eyes are: Here are some of the basics. The cameras: The fine: Of note: Abington Police Chief William Kelly kicked off the hearing by reading some township crash data. According to Kelly, last year there were 1,879 …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Though delayed a month, a proposed ordinance to install love-them-or-hate-them red light cameras at three Abington intersections is on tonight's agenda.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Check out a few events happening this week in Abington.
Pennypack Farm and Education Center will hold a night at the movies followed by a discussion group led by a panel of experts at Ambler Theater on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday’s movie is the feature-length “Ingredients,” which illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize the connection between food, community and health, according to the theater’s website. Tickets are $10. Click here for more information. -- The Abington School Board will Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the school district administration building, 970 Highland Ave. The draft agenda will likely be posted on the district’s website later today. -- The Abington Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. at the township …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Abington Police Chief William Kelly gives the dubious distinction to an Abington intersection while touting the need for red light cameras.
Though the issue isn’t officially on the agenda April 11, Abington Police Chief William Kelly, during Wednesday night's public safety meeting, had some things to say about red light cameras They’re needed. Tonight, April 11, the Abington Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would allow red light cameras at three intersections in the township. Those intersections are: Kelly said each of the above intersections has a high rate of crashes with serious injury. He also said that it’s difficult to do “traditional traffic enforcement” at each of the above intersections. Read: there’s no place to put a police car. “Without the use of technology, it’s virtually impossible to do any enforcement [at these …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Two Ohio residents weigh in on the red light camera issue.
Friday, December 7, 2012
To the editor: We write to encourage Abington to utilize a crucial life-saving technology for which it has now been authorized — traffic safety cameras. See the initial story here. We recently commemorated the tenth anniversary of the death of our daughter Sarah. She was killed by a red-light runner when she was only 31 years old. Since then, it has become our mission to advocate for safety initiatives that reduce crashes and prevent needless deaths. The bottom line is, when it comes to saving lives, photo enforcement works. A 2011 study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that traffic safety cameras reduce fatal red light running crashes by 24 percent, saving 159 lives in the 14 largest cities using them. Locally…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Love them or hate them, red light cameras may be on their way to an intersection near you in Abington.
Few things are as infuriating as seeing a bright flash of light behind you after you’ve driven through an intersection; few things are as scary as being involved in a T-bone crash. Ah, the red light camera debate. Abington took a step closer yesterday to developing a red light camera ordinance when the public safety committee passed a motion approving, in concept, the red light camera program. The motion directs the township’s administration and its solicitor to develop the specific wording of such an ordinance. Abington Police Deputy Chief Michael Webb delivered a presentation on the topic. Webb said Abington was one of 13 municipalities in the state approved to consider red light cameras because of its size and its police department’s …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The state legislature passes a bill allowing red light cameras in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties.
According to a release issued by AAA MidAtlantic, the Pennsylvania legislature is wrapping up its session with a bill to allow red light cameras in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Pittsburgh. House Bill 254 passed handily in the state Senate on Friday with 34 yeas and only 15 nays and if signed into law by Gov. Corbett, would reauthorize the red light camera program in Philadelphia through July 2017, but would also allow for the cameras to be used in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties as well as Pittsburgh. Municipalities eligible for the red light cameras would have to exceed 20,000 residents and have full-time police forces accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. That makes Abington eligible for the …