Twice the traffic cameras

August 29, 2013

Plain-jane speed cameras will soon seem downright quaint. (Daniel Britt/The Washington Post)

You knew about the red-light cameras. You’ve become intimately familiar with the speed cameras. But D.C. police are expanding their menagerie of mechanized enforcement technology, WRC-TV’s Mark Segraves reports, preparing to deploy stop-sign cameras, blocking-the-box cameras and pedestrian safety cameras across the city. The new devices, authorized in the city budget, will together more than double the number of cameras on the street in D.C. By the numbers: “Police plan to add a total of 132 new cameras over the next several months. In addition to the stop sign cameras and oversized truck cameras, police are adding 32 portable speed cameras, 24 intersection speed cameras, 20 gridlock cameras (“blocking the box”) and 16 cameras to catch vehicles that fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. D.C. currently has 43 mobile, portable and fixed speed cameras and 48 red light cameras.”

In other news:

March on Washington anniversary draws reveling crowds, but security-line woes spoil the day for many (PostWaTimesCity Desk)

Christopher Barry is arrested in Virginia for DUI, drug possession (PostD.C. Crime Stories)

Judge denies Adam Kokesh’s bail request (Post)

David Catania tries to make his mark on education (Loose Lips)

Former council aide Donna Cooper is your new Pepco region president (Pepco release)

Kenneth Ellerbe: “We know we’ve made some mistakes” (WAMU-FM)

Brake issue can delay one ambulance’s response for valuable minutes (WJLA-TV)

Barring success in suing Jeffrey Thompson, it looks like city health providers will not be made completely whole in Chartered mess (WBJ)

Howard University Hospital lost $21 million last year (WBJ)

Is the mayor scared of a “little bitty cracker corporation from Arkansas”? (Loose Lips)

Taxi Commission to Mary Cheh: Let us do our job (DCist)

Chronicler of bygone Washington blight finds a new audience (Arts Desk)

John Kelly gets dirty in the Tiber Creek sewer (Post column)

The Olympics would be “an unmatched opportunity for Washington to showcase its history, cultural richness, landmark attractions and hidden treasures” (WRC-TV)

Are the Olympics the only thing that can fix Metro? (Housing Complex)

ANC meeting over Connecticut Avenue apartment building deal gets predictably heated (DishWBJ)

“Why does my DC neighborhood have to suffer so yours can prosper?” (CHotR)

Welcome to the world’s 34th most livable city (EconomistCNN)

Former Georgetown U. architect joins Old Georgetown Board (G’town Metropolitan)

“Man Hits Up Every Capital Bikeshare Station, Because YOLO” (City Desk)

Rabid raccoon in Takoma! (WUSA-TV)

The joys of D.C. in late August (Post)

Marion Barry and MLK (@marionbarryjr)

RIP The Reef, a respite of Adams Morgan nightlife (GOG)

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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