WASHINGTON — District of Columbia police are deploying a new set of automated traffic enforcement tools to ticket drivers for speeding and infractions at stop signs, crosswalks and intersections.

New cameras were activated Saturday and will issue warnings to drivers through Dec. 29. Starting on Dec. 30, tickets will be issued to drivers.

The new system includes cameras for “gridlock enforcement” that will target vehicles for “blocking the box” at intersections. There are also portable stop sign enforcement cameras to ticket drivers for not stopping in residential neighborhoods.

Police say speed cameras are being placed at intersections with known speeding problems.

For crosswalks, a new system will target pedestrian safety near schools, parks and recreation centers.

Police say they are combating aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

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