Warning period for new D.C. speed cameras begins Tuesday
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - Nowadays, most people don't mind having their picture taken - except when it comes at a price.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced this week that it is placing a total of 15 cameras all over the district, from Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest to MLK in Southeast.
The cameras target areas with posted speed limits of 25 or 35 miles per hour - all with the goal of slowing down speeding drivers.
For the next 30 days, beginning Tuesday, drivers caught going over the speed limit will be issued warning citations. But, after the warning period, they can expect tickets with fines of anywhere between $50 and $100.
Residents and D.C. workers who spoke to ABC7 had mixed feelings about the news.
"Sometimes it slows drivers down, sometimes it doesn't," said pedestrian Mike Creedon. "I've never had an issue with it personally, and I've been here for about four-and-a-half years."
"I don't think they're a bad idea, because people do go speeding down this street," said Jonathan Beland, who rides the bus. "It's whatever makes it safer."
Safer, yes - but opponents argue it also makes the city richer.
Still, supporters - mostly pedestrians - and people living along the busy streets say that may be so, but these expensive pictures are making streets safer.
"It's just speed cameras. I don't think that's going over the line," said driver Hilary Hartley. "That's something that does affect this neighborhood because there's a lot of little kids and, you know, people going 45 miles per hour down Wisconsin is probably not safe for anyone."