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File #: 170117    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/9/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/16/2017
Title: Calling on state legislators to reevaluate and increase the fines and penalties for passing a stopped trolley, in light of continued incidents of pedestrian related deaths in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17011700.pdf, 2. Signature17011700.pdf
Title
Calling on state legislators to reevaluate and increase the fines and penalties for passing a stopped trolley, in light of continued incidents of pedestrian related deaths in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code regulates the passing of "streetcars" or "trolleys" by motor vehicles on the street; and

WHEREAS, Section 3315(a) of The State's Motor Vehicle Code states "the driver of a vehicle may not overtake and pass to the left of a streetcar proceeding in the same direction, whether the streetcar is actually in motion or temporarily halted to receive or discharge passengers, if overtaking or passing requires driving in a lane normally used by traffic moving in the opposite direction"; and

WHEREAS, Additionally, Section 3315(b) states "the driver of a vehicle may not overtake and pass a streetcar which has stopped to receive or discharge passengers on the side on which passengers board or alight until the doors of the streetcar are closed and passengers who are discharged have reached the side of the highway"; and

WHEREAS, Despite these regulations, it is far too common for motorists driving on Philadelphia streets to pass a stopped trolley car, even when the trolley's lights are flashing. Flashing lights on a trolley car indicates that a passenger is attempting to enter or exit the trolley; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia continues to experience tragic, and often fatal, trolley-related accidents, caused by vehicles that pass stopped trolley cars while the trolley's lights are flashing; and

WHEREAS, In November of 2015, 38-year-old Miriam Wilson was struck by a vehicle as she crossed the street on the 5400 block of Woodland Avenue. The striking vehicle passed a trolley that was stopped on Woodland Avenue. Wilson, a mother of three, was on her way to work at a daycare. She was pronounced dead at the scene; and

WHEREAS, Most recently, in January of 2017, 48-year-old Catherine Brown was struck and killed...

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