WASHINGTON (WJLA) - New speed cameras are up in the District in a spot that welcomes drivers to the nation’s capital.
The sign may welcome you to Washington, but the newly-installed speed camera behind it isn’t making some drivers feel the love.
“It’s not too much of a welcome to D.C.,” says James Edwards of Baltimore County. “It’s more or less ‘pay to come to D.C.’”
“It’s a ticket. Welcome to a ticket,” says Jazzamyn Baltimore of D.C.
Baltimore admits she has been caught by a few D.C. speed cameras and isn’t thrilled to see two new cameras near Eastern Avenue.
“It’s just [the] government getting more money from D.C.,” she says.
The Metropolitan Police Department says the new inbound camera intends to slow speeders coming into the District on a road with “very narrow lanes” and traffic merging onto I-295.
The outbound camera intends to slow drivers before the merges with New York Avenue, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and Route 50.
Some residents in Northeast Washington welcome the cameras.
“Resident people speed too much,” says Sally Thompson. “Once it’s there they won’t speed as much.”
Because this area has had speed cameras before, MPD says there will be no warnings issued from these cameras. They are on now and if you go fast enough to trigger them, you’ll get a ticket.