The District of Columbia is on pace to issue more than 700,000 speed camera tickets this year, matching the record set in 2012.
WTOP Radio (http://bit.ly/ZBtT5C ) reports the district's 2012 speed camera tickets netted $78.8 million. John Townsend of AAA says the numbers are "simply astonishing."
Since Oct. 1 when the 2013 fiscal year began, the district has issued nearly 335,000 speed camera tickets. That's nearly the same as all of 2011. This year's tickets have already generated nearly $45 million.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says the automated tickets have always been about saving lives by reducing dangerous driving and to change people's speeding habits.
Overall revenue may decline this year because ticket fines have been lowered. But Townsend says he expects to see another record number of tickets issued.
Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com
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