D.C. Police Adding Cameras to Enforce Stop Signs, Blocking the Box, Yielding to Pedestrians

MPD more than doubling number of photo enforcement cameras

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    D.C. is expanding its photo enforcement to include stop sign running, blocking the box and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013)

    The District is adding dozens of new ticket-issuing cameras across the city, expanding its photo enforcement capabilities to include infractions such as stop sign running, blocking the box and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

    This will more than double the number of photo enforcement cameras in the city.

    The first stop sign camera is being tested in northwest D.C. According to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, there will soon be 32 stop sign cameras issuing $50 tickets.

    “Stop sign units will be placed at locations in the District near schools where flagrant stop sign running is a significant issue,” police spokesperson Gwen Crump told News 4.

    As News4 was first to report, police already started using cameras to ticket oversized trucks passing through residential neighborhoods. Police plan to install eight of the oversized vehicle cameras in neighborhoods where large construction trucks cut through.

    Police plan to add a total of 132 new cameras over the next several months. In addition to the stop sign cameras and oversized truck cameras, police are adding 32 portable speed cameras, 24 intersection speed cameras, 20 gridlock cameras ("blocking the box") and 16 cameras to catch vehicles that fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

    D.C. currently has 43 mobile, portable and fixed speed cameras and 48 red light cameras.

    Photo enforcement has produced both safety results and revenue for the District. Last year the District collected $85 million from speed and red light cameras according to the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In the 12 years since the District began using speed cameras, traffic fatalities have declined by 76 percent according to police data.

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