March 18, 2013 |
The lucrative battle to keep drivers in the District from running red lights seems to be achieving more profit than success. A record number of tickets were doled out in fiscal 2012 by intersection cameras that catch people when they hit the gas instead of the brake as the light turns yellow or who make what police call "rolling right turns" instead of first coming to a full stop. There were 91,550 tickets issued by red-light cameras in the year that ended Oct. 1, an increase of almost 14,000...
June 27, 2013 |
In recent years, Congressional Republicans have taken aim at the District's gun restrictions , abortion funding , needle-exchange programs and medical marijuana laws , with varying degrees of success. Now they may have a new local target — traffic cameras. Freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) is drafting a bill that could ban or restrict the use of speed and red-light cameras in the District. Though Bentivolio has circulated a draft bill that would...
June 7, 2012 |
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. In the first seven months of the fiscal year, the District issued 419,523 automated...
May 27, 2013 |
There are seasons when New York Avenue seems pocked with potholes, but for the District it is paved with gold. It likely is one of the most lucrative streets in the world when it comes to collecting a hidden toll in traffic tickets, its gantlet of speed and red-light cameras taking in an average of $30,570 a day and a total of more than $28 million since the start of fiscal 2011. While some drivers bristle at use of the cameras — including many who travel New York Avenue from the Maryland suburbs — an...
January 25, 2013 |
Peter Shapiro, an unsuccessful candidate last year for D.C. City Council, has been tapped to head the Prince George's County Revenue Authority. The 100-person agency oversees speed cameras, red light cameras, parking meters, and parking garages, and helps finance county construction projects, among other responsibilities. Shapiro, 49, a Democrat, is a former member of the Prince George's County Council, who resigned in mid-term in 2004 to take a job at the University of Maryland.
November 23, 2011 |
When zipping through the near-vacant streets of the District on Thanksgiving, most drivers give thanks for the lack of traffic. They are less likely to be thankful later when they get a speeding ticket in the mail. They won't come from the latest deployment of nine new speed cameras, because until Dec. 21 those are still operating under a grace period — no tickets, just warnings — but the array of cameras already monitoring D.C. streets has gained...