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Update: 7:22 p.m. Dec. 27, 2013
Original: 10:31 p.m. Nov. 23, 2013

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – The grace period for about 100 traffic cameras activated in the District last month is ending.

On Nov. 23, police activated the cameras, which have been checking for more than just your speed. They monitor cars not stopping for pedestrians at a crosswalk, blocking a traffic intersection and not coming to a complete stop at an intersection.

The cameras, which are part of a new traffic safety campaign called “D.C. Street Safe“, are aimed at cutting down on aggressive and dangerous driving habits.

The city has been issuing warnings for the past month, but starting Monday, fines will be issued for violations.

Fines vary depending on the type of violation and the driver’s speed. Drivers could pay $50 for not stopping at a stop sign or “blocking the box” at an intersection. Failing to yield to the right of way to a pedestrian could result in a $250 penalty. And the highest penalty, as much as $300, comes with speeding 26 mph or more through an intersection.

Police say the cameras specifically focus on several areas of enforcement:

  • Gridlock enforcement units will improve traffic flow by targeting “blocking the box” at intersections
  • Portable stop sign enforcement units will reduce violations in residential neighborhoods
  • Portable crosswalk enforcement units will enhance pedestrian safety at crosswalks near schools, parks and recreation centers
  • Speed enforcement units will focus on intersections with known speeding problems
  • Units enforcing rules on oversized and overweight commercial vehicles will reduce infrastructure damage and enhance quality of life in our neighborhoods

Find out where the cameras are located throughout D.C. here.

Still unsure what “blocking the box” means? Check out these videos by MPD explaining the violation and the rest of program:

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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