Careful Speed Cameras

A reader writes in a warning:

“So I thought you might let your readers know speed cameras seem to be popping up all over the city. I got a ticket from one on Park Place, somewhere between Princeton and Irving by the Old Soldier’s Home. Usually there is a sign but I either missed it or there isn’t one. I’m starting to suspect there are more in places I am not aware yet. Updated: So I just drove down Park Place and can’t find that camera. I’m wondering if it was a temporary thing or what but I definitely got a speeding ticket there from a camera. Maybe your readers know what is up.”

So anyone know if there are roving or permanent speeding cameras in this area?

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  • saf

    I got tagged by that one, back in March? February? April?

    Anyhow, in the spring. It’s there somewhere. And the DH says it’s mobile, based in the angle of the picture, so it comes and goes.,a,1240,q,548201,mpdcNav_GID,1552,mpdcNav,|31886|.asp

    There, that’s a map of the cameras.

  • I’ve gotten hit by that one twice. It’s been awhile, though since I found it was there, I stopped going that way and take North Cap instead.

  • There’s often a police cruiser parked down there manning the speed camera. It’s this thing on a tripod about 3-4 feet tall.

  • I have seen the bristling unit on Sherman, on a downhill stretch. As a bicyclist I initially reacted with glee, but since I speed down that hill every weekend in my car….

  • I’ve seen the speed camera on Park….

    when I lived on Manor, it used to be parked on Park right near the intersection of manor.

    It is a device that sits on a tripod about three feet high…..temporary.


    do the speed limit at all times on park, although the camera is more likely to be out in the daytime

  • Are there enough repeat, previously ticketed drivers to cause traffic to slow? What is the outcome the enforcers seek? If it is safer drivers, mailing a ticket a few days after the offense doesn’t slow down the cars at the time. A car parked next to the tripod would likely be effective, or a sign warning about the camera…

  • I’m sorry you got ticketed, but residents who live on Park Place have been begging MPD to do something about the speeders. Its 25mph, and lots of kids, dog walkers, joggers, etc use Park Place. We tried to get speed bumps, but because of the hospital we are told we can’t get them.

    There is not an actual speed camera on PP, its a tripod setup with an officer. The only problem with this setup is you can see the officer once you pass Princeton Place, so its pretty routing to see cars go from 50+mph down to 25 as they approach to police car.

  • David – you are 100% correct. For a while, there was an MPD car parked on N. Capitol St. facing South. There was never anyone in that car, but it was still an effective deterrent. There are cameras in the 395 tunnel under Massachusetts Ave. and while I’m sure that they’re great revenue generators for the city, they do little to nothing to slow drivers. If I had to guess, the former is likely the real motivation for the cameras.

  • Yeah, I would very much like to get permanent cameras facing both directions on 13th at Spring. I’ve been trying to figure out how to request them. In places where they are permanent they do in fact slow down the traffic. On Michigan Ave up by Catholic U, for example.

  • Bah! The 395 tunnel one is sneaky too. We received a ticket in the mail last month. Based on the date and time printed on the ticket I think that Mrs. Whiskers (the cat) must have had the car because the dog has an alibi — plus the dog drives really slow.

    Maybe space aliens — space aliens that come from a planet with no Hondas.

  • The Park Place camera is definitely mobile — MPD has cameras attached to police cars (both marked and unmarked) that can rove around the city. There’s been one on the west side of Sherman between Barry and Euclid every afternoon and evening for a couple of months, but others seem to come and go more frequently. The somewhat ridiculous thing about them is that a cop has to sit in the car while they’re working, so the guy on Sherman gets paid full salary to read the newspaper, nap, etc. in the driver’s seat of a parked car.

  • I don’t know if anyone has seen it but the DC DoT has a map for all the locations for traffic cameras which just allow people to see the traffic.

    There is also a map for the red light and auto speed enforcement cameras on the MPDs website.

  • I’d love to know how to resolve this issue of speeders in my city! I am sick and tired of watching cars fly down my 30 mph street without receiving any sort of punishment. The roads here are absolute shit, bikers are getting knocked off on a weekly basis, and I don’t even want to imagine what is happening to small children who may be playing near a road. Here’s an idea: slap a speeder with a ridiculous fine and see how often they continue the bad behaviour! And if we have to rely on cameras, so be it. I wouldn’t leave it up to the lazy cops in this city to do their jobs.

  • I got tagged by one about 3 weeks ago on 16th Street southbound at the 5400 block. It’s true that I was going 41. What sucks is I had finally gotten around that damn Maryland driver going 22 mph.

  • EMR: That damn MD driver probably knew the camera was there and he just overcompensated. Unless you’re saying he was going 22 mph for blocks and blocks. Interestingly, 22 mph is probably about the right speed to catch the green lights during non-rush hours.

    Ellen G.: What’s happening to small children playing near the road? For the most part, I’d guess nothing. If they were getting run over or something I’m sure you’d read about that juicy news in the Post. And I always find it amusing to hear you liberals bitch about “lazy cops”. Not to say we don’t have a few, unfortunately we do. But they are hardly the source of the DC criminal justice problem.

    Toma: The camera operator is actually not making full salary – he’s making overtime. But don’t worry, with all the money the city makes from the camera, the city stays far in the black.

    David: See above. The outcome the enforcer wants: OT pay. The outcome the city wants: revenue generation. Lots of it.

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