MPD Launches New “Automated Traffic Enforcement” – Warnings Start Monday, Fines Start Dec. 30th


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of several new types of automated traffic enforcement as part of a new traffic safety campaign called DC Street Safe.

DC Street Safe is aimed at using new photo enforcement technologies to combat aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger some of our most vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers and passengers. Additionally, DC Street Safe allows traffic safety enforcement in areas and circumstances where it could be dangerous or impractical for police officers to pull over vehicles for violations. DC Street Safe will be comprised of the following new technologies:

• Gridlock enforcement units that will improve traffic flow by targeting “blocking the box” at intersections;
• Portable stop sign enforcement units to reduce violations in residential neighborhoods ;
• Portable crosswalk enforcement units that will enhance pedestrian safety at crosswalks near schools, parks, and recreation centers;
• Speed enforcement units that will focus on intersections with known speeding problems;
• Units that will enforce rules on oversized and overweight commercial vehicles in order to reduce infrastructure damage and enhance quality of life in our neighborhoods.

The deployment locations for the automated traffic enforcement units were selected based on a variety of criteria, including sites with crashes and injuries, calls for service, high speed volume, near schools, or in zones prohibited for use by certain commercial vehicles. MPD also considered recommendations or requests from the Department of Transportation, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and community organizations.

The new automated traffic safety enforcement cameras will be activated on Saturday, November 23. Cameras at new locations will issue warnings to vehicles for violations until Sunday, December 29. Beginning Monday, December 30, cameras at new locations will issue fines for violations.”

You can see stop sign camera locations here.

You can see gridlock camera locations here.

You can see pedestrian right of way camera locations here.

You can see speed camera locations here.

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  • Good idea for the 8th and O NW pedestrian camera. I agree that they need to get car traffic used to the new pedestrian traffic that is going to the new Giant.

  • Notice how disproportionately they’re all placed, and how fines are distributed, taxing the highest income neighborhoods, yet leaving Southeast DC unsafe. This is “highway robbery” at it’s finest folks, and it’s only gonna get worse. Vote these lawmakers out, or suffer, your choice.

    • It’s not a tax. It’s a fine for not following rules that you agreed to when you obtained a driver’s license. It’s comical to me how people complain about this stuff.
      At least you seem to agree that it makes neighborhoods safe.

      • It’s a tax because there have been numerous cases where the cameras and logic driving them have been proven to be unfair. We already pay taxes for police to be in neighborhoods, on foot patrol, to prevent these kinds of cases from getting out of control. Putting cameras everywhere allows DC gov to lay real cops off, meaning that remaining cops will be overwhelmed when real incidents arise and law enforcement will be reduced to “stop and frisk” and crowd control, while your house and car get broken into because there are no more active patrol officers in your neighborhood… But don’t worry, there’s a guy watching you on camera who will give them a $ fine.

        • So having a bunch of “real cops” standing around writing traffic tickets will somehow keep my house from being broken into?

          • Yep, because that’s what worked pretty much for the past gajillion years before cameras were invented… People are a lot less likely to break into a house if an officer or two are standing close to it… you know…

          • So they’ll just go find a house where there isn’t an officer or two standing nearby, probably just a block or two away. I think this idea that more cameras means less cops out and about is a fake argument – I have no reason to believe that there’s a direct relationship between those two things.

        • Well this is amusing.
          “It’s a tax because there have been numerous cases where the cameras and logic driving them have been proven to be unfair.” – 1) that doesn’t make it a tax, 2) human cops have also been proven to be unfair sometimes in their enforcement of the law so how is that better than a camera?
          “Putting cameras everywhere allows DC gov to lay real cops off…” – Evidence? Why won’t it allow the cops we currently have to do things other than sit around watching stop signs all day? These cameras pay for themselves through fines so they should allow MPD to do more policing with the same amount of taxpayer money. If we don’t have enough patrol officers, it’s not because of these cameras.

    • There’s no “gridlock enforcement units” anywhere on K Street/M Street/l Street. They’d make a mint in these blocks. It boggles my mind why they didn’t put them there, considering that if you can afford to park on K Street for the day that you’re more than able to pay the fine.

    • Do you really think that’s it, or that it’s the squeaky wheel of the relatively well off who constantly complain about pedestrian safety in their neighborhoods that may also have an influence? I am an affluent Washingtonian and I frequently write to my city councilperson and some contacts her constituent service people have linked me with in DDOT to report areas where pedestrian safety is seriously compromised. I also regularly write to DCWASA, DDOT and WMATA with plate numbers and dates/times when their vehicles have blatantly disregarded the safety of others. But those incidents all tend to be in the areas of the city where I spend time–which is not typically SE.

      But no, it’s obviously just that the evil city government wants to take your money. Well let me let you in on a secret that will get you out of this terrible situation: don’t break the laws. It’s not hard to stop for pedestrians. Period.

      • I hope you’re retired. You’d get along swimmingly with my grandmother (she’s also an avid letter writing agitator).

      • Don’t worry, the USPS is slowly dying, your voice will eventually be siphoned into spam boxes on agency email servers, DC cares… Keep writing correspondence to influence change!

        • I didn’t say I was using USPS. I communicate with them by email and phone. And they respond to me unless I am so low functioning that I confuse genuine human interaction with spambots.

    • The only thing I see about their disproportionate placement is that there are not MORE cameras downtown and in NW, where traffic is heavier.

  • I wish they’d add a pedestrian camera on Carroll right outside the Takoma metro. I almost get hit there a few times a week.

  • T759 Failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian $250

    Wow, that’s a pricey ticket.

    • And hooray for that. I recently saw a driver lean on her horn and start screaming at a couple crossing legally in a crosswalk. They started screaming at her that they &$^#ing had right of way and then kicked her hubcap, at which point the driver started whipping full water bottles at them. She had terrible aim, missed em by a mile and basically ended up losing about five bucks worth of water.
      I don’t advocate cursing at a driver and kicking their car because, well, then you’re no better than she, but more importantly that lady was clearly batshit crazy. But I digress…
      I just think it’s a strong statement that the city is putting a priority on pedestrian safety. Power to the peds!

      • Until they put up those JayWalking cameras they were talking about, then all of a sudden it’s “Wah! Why Me!?!?”. *sigh*

        • I’ve never heard of a jaywalker injuring or killing someone else.

          • A jaywalker could absolutely injure or kill another person if the driver of an oncoming automobile swerves to avoid the jaywalker, loses control or inadvertently swerves into someone/something else. Just because you’ve never heard or seen something happen doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

  • Why no gridlock cameras on Massachusetts Avenue? The intersections at 11th and 12th are the worst for this kind of behavior.

    • I’m puzzled by the placement of the gridlock cameras. Seems like they should be concentrated a lot more around downtown, where most of the gridlock happens.

  • Does anyone know if there’s a way to request additional gridlock cameras? The area around 17th and K is in desperate need.

  • Oh goody. Maybe I can cross the street to the Adams Morgan Safeway without dodging cars now. That location is going to make a lot of money for the city.

  • The intersection cameras are just speed cameras set at a specific intersection, right? This is a little frightening:
    T118 Speeding 1-10 mph over limit $50

    • MPD doesn’t issue this ticket with the automated speed cameras. Don’t worry, 35 MPH in residential zones is still A-OK in the city.

      • I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic. I agree that 35 in a lot of residential areas is ridiculous (too fast and dangerous), but I also think that going 1 or 3 mph over the limit at busy intersections like connecticut and porter is pretty standard. On the latter note, I think the police agree, and that’s why they don’t generally ticket drivers at those speeds.

    • I think the speed cameras should have a something realistic like Maryland does. You need to be going over 10 MPH for a speed camera to catch you. 1-10 in an intersection? Really? 3 mph over is soooo dangerous.

  • brookland_rez

    We need them at every intersection in Brookland. People run stop signs all the time.

  • We should implement these cameras on every street and every intersection in the US. The citizens will always be safe!

  • DCPD – PLEASE! Put these gridlock cams all along Massachusetts Avenue, in both directions, and in both directions at every intersecting number and letter street, all the way from Dupont to Mount Freaking Vernon. It won’t actually make traffic go any faster or stop people from blocking the box at 12th or 11th like they do every freaking day, but it will certainly give those of us who can’t get through on a green a little sense of satisfaction knowing the ticket is in the mail for the jerk who’s blocking the box!

    • I said this myself, earlier, and I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels this way. We need the clowns who drive like this on Mass Ave. to start paying for the privilege.

  • Fantastic news! I’m also happy to read that most comments support these safety improvements, and I’m proud that DC is working hard to protect its most vulnerable street users.

  • I lost respect for this entire thing, once I could are hardly any cameras in SE. While they are trying to make things safer, how about ticketing all the church cars parked in crosswalks and etc.

    For safety my A$$

    • I’m confused. The other types cameras aren’t for safety because no one has invented a camera yet that tickets church cars parked in the crosswalk?

  • If this is really about safety, they need to give bikers tickets for not following the laws.

    • 1. When is the last time a cyclist killed some one in a collision (I can tell you — in summmer of 2012, on a trail in a park, and it was the pedestrian’s fault. Last time before that was 2010, I think)

      2. Cyclists do get tickets.

      • Cyclists should absolutely be held to the law, just like automobiles. Your response is what feeds the “I hate all cyclists” crowd.

        • Autos are not held to the law. motorists rarely get ticketed for going a couple of miles above the speed limit, or for making a right on red without coming to a full stop.

          They are ticketed only for egregious, dangerous things. It should be the same with cyclists. Someone who does something really dangeour – plowing through pedestrians, for example – should be ticketed. Cyclists should not be ticketed just to make a point.

    • Your comment is off topic.
      But feel free to invent an affordable traffic camera that can identify and ticket bicyclists!

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    The police who I see constantly rolling stop signs should get tickets too.

  • I say bring it. So tired of vehicles running yellow lights only to block intersection walk traffic. Ticket! Ticket! Ticket!

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