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D.C. gets 3 new red light cameras

Three new red light cameras are in action at key streets in the District, adding to the more than 50 deployed throughout the city.

The cameras made their debut this week at Connecticut Avenue southbound at Porter Street NW, on 14th Street northbound at K Street NW, and on 3rd Street southbound at New York Avenue.

Until Nov. 12, people who miscalculate the duration of the yellow light and get caught by the red will receive warnings in the mail. After that, violators will receive citations. The District collected almost $7.2 million in red light camera fines in fiscal year 2009.

--Ashley Halsey III

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By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
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"people who miscalculate the duration of the yellow light and get caught by the red"

And after Nov 12th, the company that runs the cameras will lessen the time the light stays yellow, to get their money.

C'mon google, bring on the cars that drive themselves on wind power. Build them dangnabbit.

Posted by: Greent | October 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I've got no problem with this. I imagine now we'll see the usual baseless claims this is just about revenues. Don't care--they can raise all the money they want as long as it improves safety. Anyone who sees how often red lights get run around here should care about fixing that problem, and not about protecting their imaginary right to run red lights.

Posted by: krickey7 | October 14, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Those all sound like intersections where jerkoffs "block the box" every day during rush hour, so hopefully this will help with the flow of traffic.

Posted by: emcglaughlin | October 14, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

One of the MANY reasons DC turned against Fenty

Posted by: HillRat | October 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

This is great. I hope this makes people slow down a little. Drivers here are crazy!

Posted by: Goldy2010 | October 14, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hoping it lessons some of the crazies who block the box all the time. That's always a killer on traffic. Seriously people, don't run lights, don't block the box. Easy enough? Ok.

Posted by: whysocereal | October 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Aside from dreams of revenue, why do politicians buy cameras?

1. They think we like cameras!
A blogger revealed "Astroturf Lobbying" by the red light cam Industry. That's when a PR firm creates an artificial grassroots movement, often via comments posted on newspaper articles like this one. The politicians read the columns and, sensing strong community support, give the OK for cameras. (To read the blog, Google Rynski and Astroturf.)

2. Politicians - and their extended families - are immune to the tickets.
In California a million private cars have plate numbers protected from easy look up, thus effectively invisible to agencies trying to process red light camera violations. Such "protected plate" lists exist in other states. (In CA the list includes local politicians, bureaucrats, retired cops, other govt. employees, and their families and adult children!) Someone should check to see how many, and who, are on the list in DC.

Until August, there was a bill (AB 2097) in the Calif. legislature to change things so that the protected guys would receive the tickets they are due. But the politicians killed it.

I urge everyone, everywhere, to call their legislators, their media, and their auto club about this class immunity from the tickets. Otherwise, the bureaucrats and politicians will keep laughing at us as we pay our fines.

Posted by: Henry66 | October 14, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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