Sundries:

 

On this file I’ll post random information that is of interest to visitors.

 

Washington DC has become notorious for its strict traffic law enforcement with cameras. The District of Columbia Police Department is now willing (as of Feb 2006) to publish the locations of cameras and other information on the Internet. So no one is trying to get past law enforcement. If you drive in the District, review these links and beware!

 

 

DC Red light cameras

 

http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1240,q,548257,mpdcNav_GID,1552,mpdcNav,%7C31885%7C.asp

 

Tips for motorists in Washington DC, called by the AAA the strictest traffic enforcement jurisdiction in the nation:

 

There is an extra light at 3rd St NE on New York Ave, just before New Jersey Ave, to allow Metro Transit busses to enter. If it is red, you must stop at the extra line, about 40 feet or so before NJ avenue, or you could be ticketed.  It may be confusing and hard to see.

 

On North Capitol Street, just above Rhode Island Ave., there is a signal that sometimes blinks yellow (proceed with caution) and suddenly changes to yellow and red without going through green (so that the motorist realizes that this is a normal light to be obeyed. If you see a blinking yellow light in the District, be aware that it could change to red suddenly.

 

The standard speed limit is 25 mph (unless otherwise marked), which applies on some divided streets (MacArthur Blvd) that may seem unreasonably low to some motorists, but speed cameras do enforce these. Some portions of I-395 are just 40 mph.

 

DC Speed cameras (fixed and mobile) 

 

http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1240,q,548201,mpdcNav_GID,1552,mpdcNav,|31886|.asp

 

I hope this fits a libertarian spirit.

 

VA and MD

 

Maryland is using red light and speed cameras in Montgomery County and I believe Baltimore. Maryland is emphasizing residential areas and especially intersections near schools.

 

Virginia has approved reintroducing cameras, which are slowly phasing in. In Arlington, the strictest speed enforcement seems to be on Carlin Springs Road, George Mason Blvd, and Lee Highway.  

 

Northern VA Remote Emissions Testing

 

In Northern Virginia, the state is conducting roving random laser emissions inspections, and mailing drivers who fail notices requiring emissions testing and repair within 30 days, despite the fact that the normal emissions cycle testing in northern Virginia is every two years. It would not be surprising that DC and Maryland follow suit soon. Several high-tech companies (check Google) make this equipment. Story the the DC Examiner by Christie Goodman (July 20, 2006):

http://www.examiner.com/a-184399~Drivers_could_face_hundreds_of_dollars_in_fines.html

 

Here is the official Department of Environmental Quality Regulation: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/pdf/airregs/C091.pdf  A search of “remote emissions testing” on the DEQ site does not yet return results.

 

The DMV rules do not yet mention remote emissions: http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/citizen/vehicles/emissions.asp

 

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