D.C. police deploy ‘block the box,’ crosswalk cameras

The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of several new types of automated traffic enforcement, including to ticket drivers for ‘blocking the box’ and running stop signs.

The D.C. Street Safe campaign begins Saturday.

The D.C. Street Safe campaign begins Saturday.

The new photo enforcement technologies will start Saturday to combat aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers and passengers.  The traffic safety enforcement will be placed in areas where it could be dangerous or impractical for police officers to pull over vehicles for violations. Here’s a map where the cameras locations.

D.C. Street Safe campaign will be comprised of the following new technologies:

•  Gridlock enforcement units that will improve traffic flow by targeting “blocking the box” at intersections;

•  Portable stop sign enforcement units to reduce violations in residential neighborhoods ;

•  Portable crosswalk enforcement units that will enhance pedestrian safety at crosswalks near schools, parks, and recreation centers;

•  Speed enforcement units that will focus on intersections with known speeding problems;

• Units that will enforce rules on oversized and overweight commercial vehicles to reduce infrastructure damage and enhance quality of life in our neighborhoods.

The locations for the automated devices were selected based on a variety of criteria, including sites with crashes and injuries, calls for service, high speed volume, near schools, or in zones prohibited for use by certain commercial vehicles.

Cameras will issue warnings to vehicles for violations until Dec. 29. Beginning Monday, Dec. 30, cameras at new locations will issue fines for violations.

For more information about the new technology, the locations of all automated enforcement units, and DC Street Safe videos, please visit www.DCStreetsafe.org.