Drive safe or else

November 25, 2013

It’s not just speeding cameras and red-light cameras anymore. D.C. police have now expanded the city’s automated enforcement technology options to uphold laws against failing to yield for pedestrians, “blocking the box,” driving an oversize vehicle on residential streets and failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs. The new cameras, police says, are intended “to combat aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger some of our most vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers and passengers.” For your education, the department has commissioned a series of cheeky videos. The cameras were activated Saturday, but only warning tickets will be issued through Dec. 29. You are free to study the list of camera locations so you can follow the law and avoid a fine. More from WaTimesCity DeskWJLA-TV and D.C. Crime Stories.

In other news:

Vincent Gray wants a $10-an-hour minimum wage, further study (PostAP)

No need to wait for a report, says Phil Mendelson (Post op-ed)

Even D.C. Council’s $11.50-an-hour bill won’t raise the $2.77 tipped minimum (GGWWAMU-FM)

No, Friday’s Vince Gray birthday fundraiser did not turn into a reelection announcement (PostLoose Lips)

“Watching paint dry is more exciting” than the current crop of Democratic mayoral candidates, Colby King says (Post column)

“We urge the city to accede to the U.S. attorney’s request for relevant documents” (Post editorial)

Defense lawyer on Gray: “The ostrich defense won’t work” (Washingtonian)

Stadium Club pays its tax bill — with $40,000 worth of $1 bills (WBJ)

Are D.C. cops using window-tint law to target black drivers? (OPC releaseMPD release)

Why, on the Height Act, are D.C. Council members opposed to home rule? (Post editorialGGW)

Jesus Aguirre, nominee for education superintendent, is raked over coals by Tommy Wells (Post)

Did DCPS bureaucracy kill Shaw Middle School after popular principal’s murder? (WAMU-FM)

Forget the GAO report critical of school voucher oversight — just check Facebook! (Examiner.com)

Watch Ron Machen answer Tom Sherwood’s questions (WRC-TV)

Bruce Bereano would prefer Mary Cheh not try to ban youth tanning bed use (Loose Lips)

Amid new spate of rider frustrations, Metro trudges on with rebuilding effort (Post)

DDOT director Terry Bellamy says his agency is moving with dispatch (Post letter)

Latest draft transportation plan lays out 69 miles of “high capacity transit” corridors (BeyondDC)

Proposals for freeway replacement are awfully freeway-like (GGW)

Pennsylvania Avenue “zebras” seem to be working (DCist)

Opposition to Virginia Avenue SE rail tunnel coalesces (WJLA-TVThe Hill Is Home)

Regional homeless count is down 4 percent, but D.C. count is up 5 percent from 2010 (Post)

Vincent Orange is giving up his DNC seat to run for mayor (Loose Lips)

Jack Evans signs “demonstrate no understanding of how ‘hashtags’ actually work” (Post op-ed)

Reta Jo Lewis is pressed to get more specific (WAMU-FM)

Wells hangs out with union protesters at O Street Market opening (Loose Lips)

Gray radio address: “Our city is rapidly becoming less affordable not only for poor, elderly and disabled residents, but also for many middle-class residents” (WNEW-FM)

Health exchange “fact mob” gets the word out (PostWUSA-TV)

Two dead in separate Thursday shootings (Post)

Two dead in shootings Saturday evening and early Sunday (WUSA-TV)

Man falls to death in atrium of National Museum of the American Indian (Post)

Walter Reed pharmacist is indicted on first-degree murder charge in husband’s killing (Post)

Jury is deliberating in Marine’s stabbing death (Blade)

New trial ordered for three convicted in 2006 murder plot (Legal Times)

J.C. Hayward supporters rally for her reinstatement at WUSA-TV (Post)

Push for subterranean Mall parking garage is renewed (Washingtonian)

Would it have been better had the Taxi Commission pressed forward with a unified credit card system? (WAMU-FM)

PNC is putting the old Riggs Bank headquarters on the block (WBJ)

Dog park on the roof: Good thing or bad thing? (Post)

Park proposal for old 11th Street Bridge is still kicking (DCist)

Chris Brown is excused from his next court hearing (Post)

Obama makes two new Superior Court nominations, picking public defender and administrative law judge (Legal Times)

Twenty-nine adoptions were celebrated at this year’s D.C. Adoption Day (Post)

Why pop-ups happen (Housing Complex)

Ted Leonsis: “I believe I am a good owner. I just haven’t been able to win a championship yet.” (WBJ)

McKinley Tech is your first-ever Gravy Bowl champion (Post)

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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