Metrobus red light running videos: Red light runners from across D.C.
Throughout the District, Metrobus drivers are getting dinged for running through red lights at a rapid rate. The unmistakable evidence is in the video.
In several of them, buses fly through red lights well over the speed limit. In others, drivers actually swerve around stopped cars in turn lanes to go through lights. And in others, pedestrians come far too close for comfort from getting hit.
These images repeat themselves in the 131 videos obtained by 7 On Your Side that resulted in citations to Metrobus drivers in 2010 and 2011.
Watch the videos here
The videos, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, are categorized below and on the next several pages by intersection. You'll notice a trend at several of them, including near the 3rd Street Tunnel near downtown D.C. and at Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue in Southeast.
3rd Street and New York Avenue NW
Several red light cameras in Washington are also equipped with video cameras, which can capture evidence of cars and buses cruising through red lights along with the still images which drivers get on their citations.
WMATA officials refused to comment on camera when 7 On Your Side showed them several of the videos. However, earlier in February, Metro Assistant General Manager Jack Requa said that this type of behavior is unacceptable.
"If you are chronic red light runner, you are probably not going to be working for us very long," Requa said.
Metro spokesperson Philip Stewart says that drivers are responsible for the discipline they receive if caught running a red light by a city camera.
“Anytime an operator is found to be at fault for an infraction, he or she is appropriately disciplined," Stewart said. "In some cases, retraining is part of the process if appropriate.”
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