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D.C. red-light, speed cameras rake in a record $55 million

 

(It's telling that the District wouldn't give up the camera revenue information without a FOIA request.)

Article Excerpt:

The District’s use of cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners reaped a record $55.1 million in 2011, and the cameras are likely to generate even more revenue this year, AAA said Thursday.

The city has already issued $40.3 million in automated enforcement tickets in this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, AAA said. The automobile association filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the data.

[...]

“The city increased automated traffic tickets fines, along with 71 other traffic fines for the stated purpose of increasing the revenue stream flowing into the city’s coffer,” Townsend said. “District officials say it is all about improving traffic safety in the District. After adding more cameras and increasing traffic fines, motorists suspect the city is mostly interested in improving its bottom line, while paying lip service to safety.”

The District and 24 states use red-light cameras. Speeding cameras are used in the District and 13 states.

Full Article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/dist...

DC Cameras

There was a guy on the evening news a number of years ago complaining about the DC Red Light cameras and how bad the were. He was complaining that he had received 20 tickets in the past two months. The problem is not with the cameras. Need I say more?

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b_chapman wrote:

There was a guy on the evening news a number of years ago complaining about the DC Red Light cameras and how bad the were. He was complaining that he had received 20 tickets in the past two months. The problem is not with the cameras. Need I say more?

Chapman,

Are you referring to the camera that was ticketing folks who legally turned on red after stopping, or the camera that was ticketing folks for going 35 mph in a 35 mph zone?

couldn't agree more

b_chapman wrote:

There was a guy on the evening news a number of years ago complaining about the DC Red Light cameras and how bad the were. He was complaining that he had received 20 tickets in the past two months. The problem is not with the cameras. Need I say more?

When I was in DC for a week, I couldn't help but feel there were a lot of red light cams and speed cams. My response was not to rack up 20 tix which I could have easily done, it was to be a bit careful and try to follow the law when possible.

At one point I found myself doing 31 in a 25, and said, well, there you go, I got a $75 ticket. The ticket never came, so I must have slowed in time. Had I had gotten the $75 summons, I would have paid it. It's hard to fathom that grown adults not only break the law, but they cry when they get caught.

Mobile Speed Cameras

When I was driving through the DC area, I noticed that a number of the mobile cameras use laser to detect your speed as my laser detector went off. Fortunately I drive with laser shifters on, no issues here grin

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wah

johnnatash4 wrote:

When I was in DC for a week, I couldn't help but feel there were a lot of red light cams and speed cams. My response was not to rack up 20 tix which I could have easily done, it was to be a bit careful and try to follow the law when possible.

At one point I found myself doing 31 in a 25, and said, well, there you go, I got a $75 ticket. The ticket never came, so I must have slowed in time. Had I had gotten the $75 summons, I would have paid it. It's hard to fathom that grown adults not only break the law, but they cry when they get caught.

Follow the law when possible? I think I'll use that as a defense if I ever get pulled over or a red light camera/speed camera ticket. I'll just say that it wasn't possible to follow the law at that moment.

ignorance

Is bliss. People here read too much into "morality" when it comes to speeding and running red lights. Believe it or not, there are roads setup with 25 mph speed limits, where people drive 55-70, because physically, it's doable, and the flow is nearly double the limit. Guess what poppy? If there's a camera, it snaps the pic. Saying you were trying doesn't really cut it with a cam, but it often does with an officer.

People need to man up. I can't imagine that when little, parents would be "proud" to raise little people who would go up to cry like they do about these cams.

Irony

shrifty wrote:

When I was driving through the DC area, I noticed that a number of the mobile cameras use laser to detect your speed as my laser detector went off. Fortunately I drive with laser shifters on, no issues here grin

Yeah, I have a big disco ball hanging from my mirror. No tickets for me either. grin

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:D

David King wrote:
shrifty wrote:

When I was driving through the DC area, I noticed that a number of the mobile cameras use laser to detect your speed as my laser detector went off. Fortunately I drive with laser shifters on, no issues here grin

Yeah, I have a big disco ball hanging from my mirror. No tickets for me either. grin

That should work as well...

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Thank God they got rid of them!!!!

Arizona dumped these things on the state and Fed Highways. It ended up costing more to run them than they made. People just refused to pay the fines since it was nothing more than a money maker for the state. In several instances, accidents went up where the camera's were placed because people were slamming their brakes on. You can bet the politicians who authorized these things in DC don't pay the fines either.

Executive privilege?

rockymesa wrote:

You can bet the politicians who authorized these things in DC don't pay the fines either.

I wonder if the presidential motorcade ever gets flashed?

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Oh yea

You never seen the 'Breast' stop short for a red light and all cars behind crash.,lol

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Somebody's Gotta Pay...

…for all the waste and fraud going on in DC.

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