Drivers consider this your warning: slow down, or a speed ticket will be arriving in the mail.
Starting on Thursday, Hill East’s 17th Street corridor, a one-way street running south from Benning Road, NE to Barney Circle, SE, will be the site of a new mobile speed camera.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced that they will use a vehicle-based camera in the 200 block of 17th Street, NE, a 25 mph zone.
The roadway, long referred to as the 17th Street “Speedway” by Capitol Hill neighbors, was overdue for a camera, according to neighborhood commissioner, Brian Flahaven, ANC 6B09.
In a blog post he wrote in September, Flahaven made the case for the camera:
Cars frequently speed down 17th Street between East Capitol St. and Barney Circle with only two stoplights (Mass Ave. and Potomac Ave.) to slow them down. Making matters worse, drivers crossing Mass Ave. can see the Potomac Ave. stoplight and tend to speed up to avoid the red light. Drivers also frequently turn on to E St. SE and D St. SE when the light at Potomac is red, turning narrow side streets into dangerous commuter thoroughfares.
This is the only new camera to be added on Capitol Hill. In total, 27 cameras will be placed across the city. Citations range from $75-$250 per ticket.
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