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DC deploys new speed camera locations

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If you drive through D.C., you will want to make sure to know about 15 new automated traffic enforcement cameras that are being activated this week.

As promised by Mayor Vincent Gray, the new cameras are being activated in three quadrants of the city this week: in Northwest, Northeast and Southeast D.C.

The new photo enforcement locations are:

District

Description

Type

Speed Limit

2

4600 blk Massachusetts Ave NW nw/b

Speed

25

2

3900 blk Cathedral Ave NW nw/b

Speed

25

2

2600 blk Wisconsin s/b NW

Speed

25

2

4600 blk Reservoir Rd NW nw/b

Speed

25

3

2200 blk 18th St NW n/b

Speed

25

4

3600 blk Georgia Ave s/b NW

Speed

30

4

4600 blk Arkansas Ave NW sw/b

Speed

25

5

1800 blk Monroe St NE w/b

Oversized

25

5

New York Ave e/b @ Bladensburg Rd NE

Speed

35

5

2200 blk Rhode Island Ave NE ne/b

Speed

30

5

3600 blk South Dakota Ave NE ne/b

Speed

25

6

4600 blk N H Burroughs Ave NE nw/b

Speed

25

6

200 blk 44th St NE s/b

Speed

25

7

2500 blk Martin Luther King Ave SE n/b

Speed

25

7

4200 blk 6th St SE s/b

Speed

25


There will be a 30-day grace period starting Tuesday as drivers will receive warnings for any violations at these locations. Tickets will be given after the 30-day period.

Teeana Gatty is a nanny who often takes long walks with the kids she takes care of. She believes the cameras are needed.

β€œI do because we walk a lot,” she said. β€œIn certain areas, I believe they are okay.”

But are cameras needed where pedestrians are not at risk? Most we found were near crosswalks. Police say the cameras are preventing accidents.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said the number of tickets being issued to drivers is falling. So is the revenue.

In 2012, there was nearly $79 million in speed camera ticket revenue and 707,412 speed camera citations given out.

In 2013, the number dropped to $75 million and 581,951 citations issued.

For the first four months of this year, almost $11 million in revenue has been raised with 58,916 citations.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is concerned more cameras are about making up lost revenue.

But the cameras aren't just about slowing people down and making sure they stop at red lights. One new traffic camera put up on Monroe Street in Northeast is for large trucks. If a truck is too big for this road, they will get a ticket.

Speaking of politics, the District will have a new mayor in about seven months. So what is the future of speed cameras?

David Catania and Muriel Bowser both want to make sure the cameras are being used for public safety and not just for generating revenue. In fact, if elected, both will call for a full review of the program. If the cameras are not improving safety, they will be removed.

For more information on D.C.'s automated traffic enforcement program, go to http://mpdc.dc.gov/automatedenforcement.


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