WASHINGTON (WJLA) - From afar, it isn't obvious whether the device at the intersection of 42nd Ave. and Van Ness is a speed-measuring device. Though that's what it looks like, it isn't exactly accurate. It turns out that long-rumored stop sign cameras are actually cameras that detect oversize trucks traveling on a restricted route.
Last year in September of 2012, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said you would soon see stop sign cameras. We were told that 32 cameras would be placed around schools and busy intersections.
According to Lanier, the device was installed a few weeks ago, but is still in testing mode and not issuing any tickets yet. Stop sign units will be placed at locations in the District near schools where flagrant stop sign running is a significant issue. The timeline for deployment has not been finalized. There will be 8 oversized units and 32 stop sign units that will be deployed in all.
Michael Pierce just moved to the area from Oakland, California, and says: "If it saves money for having more patrols or police officers out here, I guess, it makes sense."
Coming from Oakland, Pierce says he is used to a world saturated with cameras. There, it was an issue of safety.
We caught up with Cissel Gott who had parked near the intersection the device is located because she needed to check her car: "I don't really hate them as much as I should (laughter) because they tend to make you slow down."
The Silver Spring resident thought it was a speed camera since she has never seen one before, and that made her nervous.
"Having a stick shift car I don't go to absolutely dead zero so it might catch me and I don't want it to catch me." It turns out she has nothing to worry about.
Placed here just a few weeks ago it is still in testing mode - meaning no tickets have been issued.