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Q about car-mounted speed cameras in DC - July 20, 2012, 11:11 AM

Like the ones in the 40 MPH zone(!) on I-395. Where is the radar pointed? Is it pointed rearward, and the camera is in front of the vehicle, or are you in the clear until you pass the vehicle, then the gun and camera are both there? How far is the radar unit' reach up the road, beyond the vehicle... a quater-mile?
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July 20, 2012, 11:59 AM

... seriously... car mounted speed cameras?

lol

What's next.

Are they on cop cars or what?


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July 20, 2012, 12:09 PM

You're talking about that one as you come off the 14th St bridge aren't you? Makes me laugh to see them running it at 5pm during the week when traffic is usually crawling through there. To answer the front mount and reader are on the front, so if you're blasting by you'll get a ticket. There's an operator in the car that's reading the gun and then hits the button as you say "Cheese" going by.
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July 20, 2012, 12:11 PM

There are two different set-ups in DC.
Fully car mounted / Radar is car mounted - camera mounted on a tripod 25-30ft ahead of the car.

The radar is always front mounted.
The camera is fount mounted.
You are in the clear after you pass the vehicle by about ~400ft.

In order for the radar to work, you must be isolated (i.e. if there is a car in the lane next to you, it won't take a picture).



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July 20, 2012, 12:12 PM

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... seriously... car mounted speed cameras?

lol

What's next.

Are they on cop cars or what?
Cop cars and Vans. Front push bar.

If you see a Ford Edge, those are generally the tripod mounted ones.



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July 20, 2012, 01:23 PM

District red-light, speed cameras rake in a record $55 million - The Washington Post


D.C. red-light, speed cameras rake in a record $55 million




he District’s use of cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners reaped a record $55.1 million in 2011, and the cameras are likely to generate even more revenue this year, AAA said Thursday.

The city has already issued $40.3 million in automated enforcement tickets in this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, AAA said. The automobile association filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the data.


In the first seven months of the fiscal year, the District issued 419,523 automated speeding tickets and 52,797 automated red-light tickets, AAA said.

“When they arrive in the mail, speed camera tickets and red-light camera tickets serve as a wake-up call and a dire warning to speeders and red-light runners to change their ways,” said AAA spokesman John B. Townsend II. “But they also enrich the city’s coffers [and] motorists gripe and groan. The city is ‘rolling in the dough,’ to use an old idiom.”

The AAA analysis found that fewer tickets were issued in fiscal 2011 than in the previous year. But the District achieved record revenue because more people paid fines and the fines were increased, from an average of $50 to an average of $125 in the case of speeding tickets.

“The city increased automated traffic tickets fines, along with 71 other traffic fines for the stated purpose of increasing the revenue stream flowing into the city’s coffer,” Townsend said. “District officials say it is all about improving traffic safety in the District. After adding more cameras and increasing traffic fines, motorists suspect the city is mostly interested in improving its bottom line, while paying lip service to safety.”

The District and 24 states use red-light cameras. Speeding cameras are used in the District and 13 states.

Maryland allows statewide use of red-light cameras and permits speed cameras in Montgomery County and in Prince George’s school zones. They also are used in highway work zones.

Virginia allows local jurisdictions to use red-light cameras but has no provision to allow speeding cameras.


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Damn - gives me an idea for a new LLC

Buy some cameras, some small form factor ATOM boards, setup an area WIFI network, get a lexus nexus subscription and start sending out my own tickets.

The company will be called VAGINA, LLC (Virginia Alternative Gains [something something something]).

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You're talking about that one as you come off the 14th St bridge aren't you? Makes me laugh to see them running it at 5pm during the week when traffic is usually crawling through there. To answer the front mount and reader are on the front, so if you're blasting by you'll get a ticket. There's an operator in the car that's reading the gun and then hits the button as you say "Cheese" going by.
I saw a truck slam into the rear of that car about 6 weeks or so ago in the morning around 5:30 or so.
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this is what they should do to the camera car




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this is what they should do to the camera car


OAOAOAAHHHH... who did that to that pretty 996 and why?!



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July 20, 2012, 04:17 PM

We, as a supposedly free society, absolutely must put a stop to this nonsense.

Also, someone a while back shot up a speed camera van, but I don't remember where. Killed the guy inside the van. It's morally reprehensible that municipalities, counties, and states will put human beings in harm's way by placing them in extremely contentious, obnoxious predicaments, just to extract money from an already over-taxed populace. Sickening.


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July 20, 2012, 04:42 PM

Thanks for the replies. So if you slow down before you pass them you're all set. Off of Independence Avenue E, on the Maine Avenue on-ramp to I395N, there is a photo-enforced speed warning sign but I see only a car on the right shoulder of 395N, and the merge lane off the ramp is four lanes over, on the left. Can they nail bikes coming down that ramp with that speed trap car?
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