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Warnings over for red-light cameras

By Michael Bolden

The grace period is over for three new red-light cameras in action in the District. There are now more than 50 deployed throughout the city.

The cameras debuted last month 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 Thursday, people who were caught rushing through the red were issued warnings. Starting today, violators will receive $75 citations. The District collected almost $7.2 million in red light camera fines in fiscal year 2009.

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By Michael Bolden  | November 13, 2010; 9:03 AM ET
Categories:  District, Driving  
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Comments

I traverse the crosswalk at the Connecticut and Porter intersection every day to get to metro for work, so I'm grateful for the increased enforcement of the camera. However, the real problem is cars heading south during the evening rush hour that make a left onto Porter. They get about 15 seconds to make the turn that time of day, which does not allow for many cars to get through. As a result, 2-4 cars run the red light so egregiously that we pedestrians have already gotten the right of way. This creates a very dangerous situation: we have received the signal to enter the intersection, but cars are racing through it. Is there any way to catch these drivers? I am fed up with these people deciding that 1-2 minutes of their time is more important than the law and my health and safety!

Posted by: kc20008 | November 12, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

$75 each.. sounds like big profit to me

Posted by: jercha | November 12, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

kc20008, start carrying a gun or a large hammer. A car illegally hurtling towards you in the crosswalk is a threat to your life. Take it out.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 12, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Can the red light cameras issue tickets for "blocking the box"? I would think it would be pretty easy to do that. And at 14th and K, you'd catch a ton of violators.

Posted by: robwilli | November 12, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Good idea -- and make blocking the box a more significant offense than merely running a light.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 12, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the blocking the box situation seems to be getting worse. It has a ripple effect in all directions and quickly paralyzes all traffic around it.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 12, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree, I would love to see them issue tickets for blocking the box. I think these camera have incredible potential to make the streets run more efficiently.

Posted by: beatduke10 | November 13, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

There shouldn't be warnings for red-light runners. Turn on the cameras an let 'er rip.

As for speed cameras, keep on torchin'!

Posted by: ceefer66 | November 13, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

As far as I am concerned there can be red light cameras at every intersection in the District. I am sick of playing chicken with cars, primarily with MD plates, running lights and not giving the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks.

As noted above, they should also be used for blocking the intersections.

Posted by: George210 | November 13, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If a car goes past the line after the light turns red then they get a ticket. People that block the box should get a ticket if they pass the line. Looking forward to seeing traffic get better because of the cameras and the real fines.

Posted by: mrose1 | November 15, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what all of the complaining is about. Warnings have been issued, people know the cameras are coming. Think we were lucky to get a grace period. Time to start abiding by the law or pay the price.

Posted by: MargoPolo1983 | November 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

If it takes cameras to ensure safer streets for pedestrians then that's what we'll have to put up with. I like the block the box thought too!

Posted by: azuresea | November 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

If it takes cameras to ensure safer streets for pedestrians then that's what we'll have to put up with. I like the block the box thought too!

Posted by: azuresea | November 15, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If it takes cameras to ensure safer streets for pedestrians then that's what we'll have to put up with. I like the block the box thought too!

Posted by: azuresea | November 15, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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