Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Speed Cams in the Neighborhood

The Metropolitan Police Department has announced new speed cameras in the following locations in Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, and Foxhall Road.

These new camera locations are not marked by stripes on the road. They are in stainless steel metal boxes about four feet high which have blue MPD logos on three sides. They will go live on December 21. A thirty-day educational phase will commence on November 21, 2011, during which violators will receive warning citations. Starting on  December 21, 2011, MPD will begin issuing live moving citations to violators.

The locations chosen were sites with high numbers of crashes and injuries, calls for speed enforcement from neighbors, or where high speeds have been measured.

The new speed cameras are at the following locations:
  • 1900 block of Foxhall Road NW, northbound and southbound directions, 25 mph
  • 2800 block of Calvert Street NW, eastbound, 25 mph
  • 2300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, southbound, 25 mph
  • 2300 block of Porter Street NW, eastbound and westbound, 30 mph
  • Canal Road NW, .3 miles south of Arizona Avenue, northbound and southbound directions, 35 mph

1 comment:

  1. From the MPD website:

    Automated Speed Enforcement:

    Photo radar is a proven tool in slowing people down and reducing collisions. Law enforcement agencies have deployed this technology in more than 75 countries around the world for more than 30 years. Here in DC, speeding has been reduced dramatically in the enforcement zones where photo radar is operating.

    Survey after survey shows overwhelming public support for the use of photo enforcement systems to reduce crashes. Support for these technologies is strongest among families with children.

    It is estimated that speed-related crashes cost American society approximately $40 billion a year in costs associated with health care, law enforcement, and lost productivity, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That translates into $144 annually for every person living in the United States.



    Revenue Enhancement was the primary motivation for this new investment in technology, not safety.