People travelling through Center City should prepare for a new enforcement campaign beginning the week of June 3rd. Starting next week, the Philadelphia Police Department will be committing police officers on foot and on bike to educate and enforce traffic laws in Center City.
This is the latest effort from the City's "Give Respect, Get Respect" campaign, which began first in the summer of 2011. That summer, the City distributed educational brochures and police conducted approximately 1,600 stops.
This summer, the active enforcement campaign will be renewed, targeting specific Center City areas with known high volumes of motor vehicle offenses. The campaign will be run until June 28th. The map below shows the zones where enforcement will be focused.
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We expect to see a rise in the number of citations given to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in Center City. You have a responsibility to know and follow the rules of the road no matter how you get around; giving respect to your fellow street users makes everyone safer. We support equitable enforcement of the laws and are heartened by the Police Department's renewed focus on this issue.
The goals of this campaign are to reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Center City, increase motorist awareness, and improve the quality of life in Center City through education and enforcement. This is a joint effort of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being made possible through funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. We expect to learn statistics from the Police Department on the number and nature of stops and violations involving drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, and will report them as we learn them.