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SPEAK OUT: Do Speed Cameras in Kensington Slow Traffic Down?

Tell us your opinion in the comments section.

 

While driving along Connecticut Avenue Thursday, I noticed how traffic slowed before the cameras and sped up afterwards. Do the speed cameras really slow traffic down permanently?

 Do you think they would be more effective if they weren’t stagnant?

Roy Heintzelman September 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Oh, they slow it down alright.... to about 5 miles below the speed limit. People: You can go 11 miles over without getting a ticket!
QTM September 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The fundamental problem is that most speed limits around here are about 20 MPH too low, and are artificially set that way to generate more revenue. A speed limit SHOULD be set at the point where no one can possibly drive faster on that road at that speed... And it's safe to say a 30 MPH limit on a 6 lane road defies logic. (Indeed, it's 45 MPH further up on Connecticut Avenue, but Chevy Chase needs to fund its budget, I guess.) I'll also point out that because of poor light synchronization, it encourages even FASTER driving to avoid hitting red light after red light. Many drivers could also use a refresher on the rule about slower traffic staying out of the left lane... yes, even near speed cameras.... cause as the other poster noted, some folks don't realize the 11 MPH "grace" and jam on the breaks to get below the actual speed limit.
Photoradarscam September 28, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Speed bumps slow people down too but that doesn't mean they are a good idea or even necessary. Most people, and especially the politicians pushing cameras do not understand speed zoning. Google "Speed Zoning Synthesis, a USDOT study" and inform yourself.
tom walker September 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM
The speed Cameras are gone on Conn ave in Kensington and the People still Slam on their Brakes when they are going under the speed limit to begin with!! This is dangerous and unsafe.
Tamika Smith (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM
QTM- what does revenue have to do with pedestrian safety? Some people may argue especially Kensington residents that they would rather the speed limit be lower for their safety.
tom walker September 28, 2012 at 01:19 PM
How many folks cross using crosswalks and traffic control devices ?? A lot of the problems with Pedestrian Safety are the pedestrians themselves........
Richard Rice September 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Tom, Whenever I cross Connecticut Avenue or Summit Avenue for that matter I always cross at the cross walk and do so judiciously and carefully to avoid mishaps on the part of vehicular or pedestrian hazzards!

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