What to Know
- An unidentified suspect vandalized 11 speed cameras in Northwest D.C. Tuesday.
- Initially, police said that three cameras had been affected but revised the number later.
- All of the cameras were in Northeast and Southeast D.C.
Pieces of broken plastic, an empty square box and a light flash were isolated on a Northwest D.C. street Tuesday, the remnants of one of 11 speed cameras that an unidentified suspect vandalized, police said.
Initially, police said that three cameras had been affected but by Tuesday afternoon, announced the eight other damaged cameras.
Two of the vandalized cameras were found on Interstate 295, two on Kenilworth Avenue and two on Eastern Avenue. All damaged cameras were in Northeast and Southeast.
Police released a full list of damaged cameras:
- DC 295 Northeast .1 Mile South of Eastern Avenue – South Bound
- 800 block of Ridge Road, Southeast – Northwest Bound
- DC 295 Northeast .1 Mile South of Eastern Avenue – North Bound
- 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast – Northwest Bound
- 3200 block of Fort Lincoln Drive, Northeast – Southbound
- 600 block of Kenilworth Avenue, Northeast – South Bound
- 2200 block of South Dakota Avenue, Northeast – Southeast Bound
- 1400 block of Kenilworth Avenue, Northeast – South Bound
- 800 block Eastern Avenue, Northeast – East Bound
- 1200 block Eastern Avenue, Northeast – Southeast Bound
- Fort Lincoln Drive – North Bound at 31st Street, Northeast
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“Not a lot of people have a lot of affinity for speed cameras, so it’s probably a pretty obvious target for vandalism,” driver Rob Stout said.
Tuesday wasn’t the first time speed cameras were targeted in the D.C. area.
In 2013, lenses of Montgomery County speed cameras were sprayed over with paint, News4 reported.
“That’s never a good thing,” driver Jo Oliver said. “Because if they’re doing that it means they’re probably doing other bad things in the area.”
There are about 300 locations with speed cameras across the District, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.
“I don’t like them,” driver Reggie Russ said. “I know the city makes money off of them."