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District traffic cameras to more than double amid record revenues

•, Alan Blinder
 Over the course of 2013, the District government will add 134 traffic cameras to its network, more than doubling the size of a system that generated $85 million in revenues for the city in its last fiscal year.

Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner that the city will intensify its camera-based efforts to cite motorists for speeding and stoplight violations while also adding cameras to detect other moving violations.

Cameras add heft to Maryland budgets
Although the District has the region's most profitable -- and frequently vilified -- traffic camera program, Maryland counties have also found the cameras to be lucrative traffic safety tools.

The District's plans for the new devices, Crump said,

include 32 cameras that will produce tickets for drivers who blow through stop signs and 16 to monitor crosswalks.

Supporters of the cameras -- like Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander -- say they are vital to protecting lives on the roadways.

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