UPDATED: June 2, 2015 5:21 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Five new D.C. speed cameras will begin issuing tickets soon, but as more and more cameras keep popping up throughout the city, AAA Mid-Atlantic is questioning just how necessary they really are.
Last year, D.C.’s Office of the Inspector General conducted an audit of ticket issuance practices and found that dangerous speeding was not a factor in nearly 50 percent of the speed camera locations in the city, AAA says.
At three of the new locations — the 700 block of Maryland Avenue NE, the 4400 block of Reservoir Road NW and the 3000 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE — the average speed is actually lower than the posted speed limits, according to District Department of Transportation stats collected by AAA.
In one spot, the average speed is actually 17 miles per hour below the posted limit.
AAA says the site-specific data for the other two sites — the 2600 block of Wisconsin Ave. NW and the 2400 block of 18th St. NE — was not readily available.
D.C. Police are delaying issuing live speed camera tickets at the five new speed camera enforcement sites until after midnight Friday.
The D.C. Office of Communications tells WNEW’s John Domen that those sites were studied, and that 60 percent or more of the drivers were exceeding the speed limits.
D.C. issued 112,132 speed camera tickets during the first four months of the current fiscal year, which began last October, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John Townsend.
“If the current pace of ticketing continues, it is probable the District will issue nearly 450,000 speed camera tickets during FY15 and glean almost 60 million dollars in speed camera revenue,” Townsend says.
That would set the city up for a $20 million+ jump in revenue after posting a big decline in camera revenue last year.
D.C.’s new speed cameras will be located at the following locations:
- 700 block of Maryland Avenue NE S/W bound
- 2600 block of Wisconsin Ave. NW Northbound
- 4400 block of Reservoir Road NW Eastbound
- 2400 block of 18th St. NE Southbound
- 3000 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE N/W bound
WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.