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Posted at 5:33 AM ET, 06/21/2010

Red-light cameras kick off in Va.

By Mike McPhate

Say cheese! Four new red-light cameras were scheduled to begin snapping images at intersections in Arlington early Monday morning.

The cameras have been installed at eastbound Lee Highway and North Lynn Street; southbound Fort Myer Drive and westbound Lee Highway; westbound Lee Highway at Washington Boulevard; and northbound Glebe Road at Fairfax Drive.

For the first 30 days, motorists running a red light will get a warning rather than a citation, officials said. After that, the fine will be $50.

Earlier: Arlington to install four red-light cameras

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 5:33 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  arlington, traffic  
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One small step for sanity . . .

Posted by: krickey7 | June 21, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Many people are exempt from these tickets.

An article (headline: "Special License Plates Shield Officials from Traffic Tickets") pointed out that in California there are nearly one million private vehicles having 'confidential' license plate numbers that are protected from easy or efficient look up, thus are effectively invisible to agencies attempting to process parking, toll, and red light camera violations. (OC Register, California, 4-4-08.) Such "protected plate" lists exist in most states, including Florida, and many are bloated, like California's. (In California the list includes politicians - even local ones - bureaucrats, retired cops, and many other govt. employees. And their families, including adult children! Plus such oddities as veterinarians and museum guards.)

A Post reporter should investigate to see how many, and who, are on the lists in Virginia, Maryland, and the District.

Posted by: Henry66 | June 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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