Drivers Beware: New Speed Cameras Going Up in the District

AAA blasts effort

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    The District is adding nine new locations for speed cameras, and the move is being criticized by the American Automobile Association.

    AAA has designated Washington a "strict enforcement area" and warns drivers to slow down in the city.

    This is the second time in three months that the city has expanded the speed camera program.

    "It's amazing that one minute Police Chief Cathy Lanier is reminding us how safe the city is, how fatalities have dropped, but then adds 28 new speed camera sites this year alone," said AAA's Lon Anderson.

    Lanier responded to the criticism saying she finds it "astounding that AAA Mid-Atlantic would criticize a program that has been successful in reducing traffic deaths."

    Lanier said the District appreciates the designation as "strict enforcement area" because it encourages drivers to slow down and obey traffic laws.

    Anderson said the speed cameras are more a source for revenue than a safety tool.  He cites a study by Howard University that finds motorists are obeying speed limits in almost 70 percent of the monitored locations across the city where speed cameras and radar guns are not in use.

    The new locations are:

    • 1900 block of Foxhall Road NW, north and south bound directions
    • 2800 block of Calvert Street NW, east bound
    • 2300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, south bound
    • 100 block of Florida Avenue NW, east and west bound
    • 4200 block of South Capitol SW, south bound
    • 2300 block of Porter Street NW, east and west bound
    • Canal Road NW 0.3 miles south of Arizona Avenue NW, north and south bound directions
    • DC-295 NE at Benning Road overpass, north bound
    • DC-295 SW .7 miles south of Exit 1, north and south bound

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