Andrea Noble washingtontimes.com A drivers’ advocacy group is decrying the latest expansion of the District’s automated traffic enforcement program. D.C. police activated 100 new “next-generation” traffic cameras Saturday to target a growing number of motorist violations ranging from failure to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks to blocking the box. The new cameras boost the number of automated traffic enforcement devices operated by the Metropolitan Police Department to nearly 300 cameras — an expansion that AAA Mid-Atlantic called the “nuclear option.” “It gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘all over the map,’ ” said John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for the group. “Motorists will encounter a plethora of automated traffic enforcement cameras in every quadrant and quarter of the map and streetscape of the city.” In addition to combating what police call “aggressive and dangerous driving habits,” the cameras will also generate income for the city through new fines ranging from $50 to $250 per violation. to read more click here: washingtontimes.com
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