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These 5 DC Traffic Cams Are Issuing the Most Tickets Right Now

One camera was responsible for 33,682 tickets in three months.

Photograph by Mike Mozart/Flickr.

Traffic-camera fines are remarkably easy to avoid: Just slow down! But drivers continue to be averse to that good advice for some reason, which is why the city’s speed cameras continue to be quite active. And according to data given by the DC Department of Transportation to the DC Council (as first reported by WTOP), these five cameras issued the most speeding tickets between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year:

1. Northbound Potomac Freeway at 25th Street, NW: 33,682 tickets

One of DC’s newest speeding cameras is currently its most active. The camera, located just before an overpass, issued over 13,000 more citations than the second-place cam.

2. DC-295, SW, south of Exit 1: 20,641 tickets

This one is located just before the exit to the Naval Research Laboratory.

3. New York Ave. at North Capitol Street, NE: 19,041 tickets

This patch of thoroughfare in Ward 5 targets those speeders traveling southwest toward downtown.

4. 2200 block of K St., NW: 13,572 tickets

This notorious cam sits in the tunnel section of K Street near Washington Circle. It raked in about $6.8 million for the District between October 2016 and April 2017, WUSA9 reported in 2017

5. 600 block of Kenilworth Ave., NE: 13,281 tickets

Another camera that has long been a scourge of DC motorists, it’s located at a point where drivers are typically speeding up to take the Benning Road entrance, and the signage can be confusing.

Arya Hodjat
Editorial Fellow