The $11.6 million camera

October 24, 2012

Red dots identify the most lucrative red-light cameras; black dots are the top speed cameras. (Gene Thorp and Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post)

At this point, it comes as no surprise that city traffic cameras are lucrative sources of revenue. The Post’s Ashley Halsey III identifies the District’s single most-moneymaking camera, located on eastbound New York Avenue NE just east of Florida Avenue — responsible, over two years, for 116,734 tickets and $11.6 million in fines. (A pair of cameras on I-295 near Blue Plains garnered nearly $16 million.) A cynical ploy to pick the pockets of suburban commuters? Perhaps, but the safety benefits are far from speculative. Traffic fatalities are down 43 percent so far on the year, says police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump. “There is great value in slowing drivers down not only for their own safety, but also for safety of all other traveling parties,”  she says.

In other news:

Federal securities regulators want OCFO audits (PostAPWaTimesWBJ)

Meanwhile, a tax office employee is accused of $300,000 fraud (Loose LipsWTOPExaminerWAMU-FMWBJWaTimes)

Vincent Gray to CFO Natwar Gandhi: “What is it that’s going to prevent these things from happening?” (Examiner)

Murder suspect, 18, was wearing a GPS tracking bracelet when he allegedly committed the crime (WaTimes)

Is five-sixths too high a standard for D.C. Council expulsion? (WRC-TV)

Magical self-driving cars! (WRC-TVWBJ)

Car2go is growing fast (DCist)

Famed climate scientist sues for libel in D.C. Superior Court (Post)

That’s not how you say “Grosso,” but here’s Bruce Johnson on the at-large race (WUSA-TV)

A federal prosecutor has been tasked with handling local voter complaints (Washingtonian)

Pretty sure you can’t offer beer for votes (DCist)

Woodson High students walk out of class to protest coach’s firing (WJLA-TV@RonaldMoten)

What was discussed at the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force meeting (UrbanTurf)

In UDC right-sizing plan, 110 jobs at stake (WAMU-FM)

L Street is the latest front in the “war on cars” (ExaminerWJLA-TV)

Chris Smith, Gray buddy and developer extraordinaire, named to United Medical Center board (WBJ)

Monday shooting death in Randle Highlands said to be “domestic related” (Crime Scene)

Longtime Frontiers residents are looking at a pretty serious rate of return (UrbanTurf)

N Street buildings once eyed for hotel will be condos instead (UrbanTurf)

WMATA’s made progress on NextBus “ghosts” (GGW)

Washington Harbour restaurants officially reopen 19 months after floods (Dish)

DC Brau, now in designer bottles (GOGBlog)

Hine redevelopment figures big in Capitol Hill ANC races (GGW)

“How the DC Public Schools Ruined My Career” (Diane Ravitch)

We’re so … affordable? (The Buzz)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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