Philly traffic fines pay for Western Pa. work

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GREENSBURG (AP) – State transportation officials say drivers who ran red lights in Philadelphia have paid fines that will support more than $600,000 in safety improvements at Western Pennsylvania intersections.


The state Department of Transportation said seven municipalities in the region won grants, led by Pittsburgh-area McKees Rocks, which is getting $117,338 to improve its Chartiers Avenue business district.


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, a 10-county planning area, will get $172,500 to help pay for LED signals in as many as 40 intersections in the region.


Philadelphia started using cameras at two intersections in 2005, and today the city has them at 21 intersections. Officials say fines from infractions at the intersections will provide $4.7 million this year to 43 municipalities.


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