Three Miles Of Traffic Cameras Net Washington D.C. $28 Million
The Washington Post reports that one three mile stretch of road in Washington, D.C. has been very profitable:
There are seasons when New York Avenue seems pocked with potholes, but for the District it is paved with gold.
It likely is one of the most lucrative streets in the world when it comes to collecting a hidden toll in traffic tickets, its gantlet of speed and red-light cameras taking in an average of $30,570 a day and a total of more than $28 million since the start of fiscal 2011.
While some drivers bristle at use of the cameras — including many who travel New York Avenue from the Maryland suburbs — an overwhelming number of District residents surveyed are pleased with the citywide deployment of them.
The nine New York Avenue cameras, spread over about three miles between the Washington Times building and Third Street NW, generated 93,313 tickets and almost $11.8 million last year. Five target red-light violators; four go after speeders.
The volume of license plates from Maryland, Virginia and other states on the avenue points to an obvious fact: Many who pony up the money don’t live in the District.
And, of course, the residents of Maryland and Virginia don’t vote in D.C.