D.C. speed light cameras bring in millions for the District

Nine traffic cameras generating $28 million in two years - call this stretch of New York Avenue between the Washington Times building and Third Street NW “the three golden miles of D.C.”

Five of the cameras capture red light violators while the other four catch speeders. Every flash of the camera pays and the returns are rather staggering. According to the Washington Post, those nine cameras along the golden three miles do an average of $30,000 a day.

In the brief moment Stefan Custodi stopped his car at the light, he told us his company paid so much in camera violations on New York Avenue that he couldn't put a number on it.

“It's hard to guess I've lost count completely,” Custodi says, adding that they’ve probably received hundreds.

Between 2011 and 2013, the Post found some cameras did better than others. But one of the New York Avenue nine hit major pay dirt: Right across from Brentwood Park, the camera popped out more than 155,000 tickets and brought in more than $17,811,000.

The revenue from speed cameras and red-light cameras has become a key part of the District’s $12.1 billion budget since the devices made their debut 14 years ago, The Post reported. Overall, they took in $84.9 million in fiscal 2012.