WASHINGTON — More than a dozen new automated speed cameras spring to life Tuesday, sending leadfoots a warning before tickets become a reality next month.
In all, 14 speed cameras and one oversized truck camera are set to go online. They primarily target areas with posted speed limits of 25 mph.
The new locations reach across the District, from Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest to Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast.
For the first 30 days, they will issue warning tickets. After that, speeding comes at a price.
Driving 1 mph to 10 mph above the limit will be a $50 fine. Doing 11 mph to 15 mph over results in a $100 ticket. The price increases in 5 mph increments, up to $300 for driving in excess of 26 mph above the posted limit, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
However, when WTOP asked specifically about speed cameras, the District said it does not issue tickets unless a driver travels faster than 10 miles per hour above the posted limit.
While many drivers loathe the automated enforcement, neighborhoods often welcome them.
“They can be doing 55 in some cases,” says Rick Jones, who lives near 4600 Arkansas Ave., where a new camera is set for deployment. “When you got kids, you got to be safe.”
Jackson Gerst has a young daughter, and he says regular speeding along that stretch has been a hazard.
“We have a 5-year-old kid, and we stay as far away from this road as possible,” he says. “That stretch is so long from one light to another, that they got enough time to get up some speed.”
One camera, on Monroe Street near 18th Street Northeast, will target oversized trucks.