WAMU 88.5 : News

More Traffic Cameras Slated For Montgomery County

Play associated audio
Drivers in Montgomery County will see an additional 40 red light cameras over the next two years.
Dave Dugdale: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedugdale/4960258290/
Drivers in Montgomery County will see an additional 40 red light cameras over the next two years.

Speed and red light cameras have helped bring in millions of dollars to Montgomery County coffers. Perhaps it is no surprise then that more cameras are on the way.

Over the next two years, 40 additional red light and 20 speed cameras will be installed throughout the county. The citations those cameras help issue brought in close to $10 million in the last fiscal year. Even so, county councilman Phil Andrews says safety, not money, has always been the main goal of the camera programs.

"Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do everyday," says Andrews. "And it protects each of us from being hit, or decreases the chance of being hit by a red-light runner go hand in hand."

Andrews adds the bigger increase in red light cameras is due to the fact that speeding and red light running often going hand in hand. Even with the number of red light cameras doubling, the number of intersections in the county with traffic lights and cameras will be just over 10 percent.

WAMU 88.5

Introducing Capital Soundtrack, A New WAMU Music Project

What does Washington sound like? Capital Soundtrack, a new music project from WAMU 88.5, explores that question.
NPR

Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

NPR

After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.