Boyle’s prisoner transport vehicle bill passes House

HARRISBURG, June 11 – A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, passed the House Wednesday.  

"My bill, H.B. 898, is important because this designation will allow prisoner transport units to operate using flashing lights when transferring prisoners," Boyle said. "There is no doubt this will reduce risks associated with prisoner transfers."

Due to the vast State Road prison complex, prisoners are transported across Northeast Philadelphia every day. All of these transfers can potentially lead to problems if there are traffic issues or one of the prisoner transport units gets into an accident.

Boyle explained that prison transports are subject to high-volume traffic, which poses a risk when moving prisoners from location to location. Also, the complex infrastructure of the City of Philadelphia makes it necessary for prisoner transport units to have a clear path to facilities.

"I will continue to lead the push for this bill all the way to the governor’s desk to make Philadelphia’s streets safer," Boyle said.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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