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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/22/2010

D.C. street sweeping begins -- and so does ticketing on sweeper routes

It's springtime, so get ready for the hum of street sweepers. And tickets.

The city's street sweeping program, which requires that vehicles be moved from roadways for designated times of cleaning, began Monday and continues through November.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and William O. Howland, Jr., director of the Department of Public Works, announced the kickoff in Northeast. But ticketing will not begin until next Monday.

Street sweepers equipped with cameras - dubbed Sweepercams - can capture the license plates of illegally parked vehicles. The fine is $30.

"Sweepercam has been very effective at keeping the curb lane clear so our vehicles can make a clean sweep," Howland said in a news release. "We're giving motorists a week to get reacclimated to the cleaning schedules but beginning March 29, we will be ticketing the vehicles that are parked illegally and keeping the sweepers from doing their job."

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