15036RE: [MPD-5D] How to request a red light camera?
- Feb 28, 2013
We have forwarded your request.
In the meantime, we will have the patrol officers see what we can do about altering driver behavior here and elsewhere along North Capitol Street.
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I cross North Capitol Street at R St every morning on foot, with children.
I am not exaggerating when I say that almost every morning, I see drivers
blow through the red light while driving northbound on North Cap.
Southbound drivers also regularly try to pull through the light when there
isn't space, blocking at least the crosswalk if not more. The situation is
reversed every evening.
I have personally witnessed a number of accidents at this intersection
caused by folks driving WAY over the speed limit, and from my house on the
Unit Block of R St NE have heard many many more.
This morning, a driver gunned it about half a block south of the
intersection heading northbound and blew through the red light at least a
full second, if not two, after the light had changed.
Thankfully, out of self preservation, I have taught my children that you
always count to three after you get the walk signal when crossing here.
I understand that this intersection is not in a high priority area like NY
Ave or K St downtown, but people actually live and walk here. Drivers
continue to treat North Cap like a highway when it is most certainly not.
While there are major structural issues that have exacerbated this problem
that are too big to address here (removal of Truxton Circle, RI Ave
underpass), it would be extremely helpful to at least get a little
Pavlovian on drivers and teach them, via the wallet-hit of a red light
camera ticket, to slow down and quit running the traffic lights at R and
That is a long winded way of asking this: how does one go about
requesting, or pleading for as the case may be, a red light camera?
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