Dear PoPville – No Need to Slam on Your Brakes at First Glimpse of a Speed Camera

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“Dear PoPville,

Could you remind folks that the key is in the name: Speed cameras. Which means that they will not snap a photo if someone is driving the speed limit, therefore it is not necessary to slam on one’s brakes at the first glimpse of a “Photo enforced” sign and slow down to 5-10 miles below the speed limit. I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents near cameras because of people who feel the need to drop to a crawl. I’m not sure what the trigger speed is for cameras in the District–I’ve heard 5 mph over but that seems like a low threshhold. In MD I believe the trigger is closer to 11 mph over the limit. In either case, if you’re driving the speed limit then there is no reason to hit your brakes for the cameras.”

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