by Mark Segraves, WNEW Senior Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Motorists in D.C. have racked up nearly $70 million in traffic camera fines this year, and that number is only going to increase as the city plans to more than double its number of traffic enforcement cameras.

The city is adding 132 new ticket-issuing traffic cameras across the city over the next several months, expanding its photo enforcement capabilities to include violations such as running stop signs, blocking intersections and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The District currently uses 91 traffic cameras that ticket motorists for speeding and running red lights.

According to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, there will soon be 32 stop sign cameras issuing tickets to motorists who fail to come to a complete stop. The cameras will detect cars that don’t fully stop at stop signs and save the images and video for review and validation by MPD officers.

The first stop sign camera is currently being tested in Northwest D.C. The fine for stop sign cameras will be $50.

“Stop sign units will be placed at locations in the District near schools where flagrant stop sign running is a significant issue,” said Gwen Crump, a MPD spokesperson.

As first reported by Channel 4, MPD has already started using cameras to ticket over-sized trucks that pass through residential neighborhoods where they are prohibited. The city plans to install eight over-sized truck cameras in neighborhoods where large trucks are known to cut through.

The fine for over-sized truck cameras will be $150.

In addition to the stop sign cameras and over-sized truck cameras, the city is 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. The fine for not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk will be $75.

The District currently has 43 mobile and fixed speed cameras and 48 red light cameras. They have brought in about $69.5 million for the city as of July 31.

Photo enforcement has produced both safety results and revenue for the District.

Last year the District collected $85 million from speed and red light cameras, according to the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In the 12 years since the District began using speed cameras, traffic fatalities have declined by 76 percent, according to MPD data.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves is a general assignment reporter for NBC 4 and host of NewsPlus on DC 50 TV.


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