The Night Note: 8/26/10

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By Brendan Williams-Kief
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 6:16 PM EDT
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The Night Note: Cameras and Lead Contamination

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MORE CAMERAS COMING TO METRO BUSES
Metro will be installing cameras aboard its Metrobus fleet in an effort to improve safety and help drivers establish efficient driving habits.

The DriveCam system will capture audio and video on the inside and outside of buses, with the video being reviewed and analyzed in order to give drivers, trainers and management feedback on how to improve the system. (WTOP)

LEGISLATOR WANTS PEPCO TO PAY THE PRICE FOR OUTAGES
At least two state legislators stand ready to require utilities to make electric service more reliable in Maryland or pay for failing to meet standards.

Del. Brian J. Feldman (D-Dist. 15) of Potomac has drafted a proposal with the help of Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac that would require the Maryland Public Service Commission to set reliability standards by 2012, and would reduce utilities' profits incrementally for failing to meet those standards. (Gazette.net)

LEAD CONTAMINATION IN NW DC PARK
Uh oh. Just learned via Twitter that the city's Department of the Environment found lead pollution in the 11th and Monroe Street Park. They're setting up blood testing stations for people who have visited or live nearby. The dates are locations are above. Hope everybody is OK. (New Columbia Heights)

MORE SPEED CAMS FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Montgomery County is turning to more speed cameras and a stepped-up police presence to combat speeding for the new school year.

Two fixed pole speed cameras were installed on New Hampshire Avenue, near White Oak Middle School in Silver Spring, County Executive Ike Leggett announced Thursday. And police will enhance traffic enforcement during the first few weeks of school, he added. (Washington Examiner)

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