DC speed cameras begin issuing tickets

Get ready to say "cheese," D.C. drivers. Expect a ticket in the mail, if you get caught by one of 15 new automated traffic enforcement cameras across the District.

The cameras were activated last month but the grace period is over. If you break the law, you'll get ticketed.

From Massachusetts Avenue in NW DC to Martin Luther King Junior Avenue in SE, drivers across D.C. are on the lookout for more than a dozen traffic cameras that are now issuing citations.

One camera – on Monroe Street NE – targets oversized trucks not allowed in residential neighborhoods.

The rest of the new cameras – 14 of them – are set to catch speeders.

Staff members at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School were happy to see a camera on Georgia Avenue, especially considering students cross the road for recess.

Staff member Reid Brownsmith said, “This school in the city just blends in so maybe they don't realize there are kids in this area.”

But many drivers love to hate speed cameras. Some complain they even cause distracted driving.

Driver A.J. Joyner said, “I don't speed. I don't get speeding tickets or nothing like that. But still, it's just irritating to see them all over the place.”

A violation for going just 1 mph up to 10 mph over the limit will cost $50. For going 11 mph to 15 mph over the speed limit, the fine is $100. For going in excess of 26 mph over the limit, expect to pay $300.