D.C. street sweepers will capture parking violations on camera
As early as this summer, street sweepers will be outfitted with the cameras, based on legislation recently passed in Washington, D.C. The D.C. Council introduced the legislation last year at the request of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.
According to a May 7 article in the Washington Post, Mayor Fenty said that the cameras will help the Department of Public Works more efficiently ticket residents who violate parking restrictions during street-cleaning days, as well as increase compliance with those restrictions.
The cameras, which cost about $36,000 each, will be tested for 45 days on two city street sweepers, followed by additional installations. In all, the city’s fleet of 20 street sweepers will be outfitted with the cameras.
For the first 45 days after the cameras are installed, violators will receive warnings. After the 45-day grace period ends, violators will receive a $30 ticket in the mail.
“The streets are going to be cleaner, and I think people are going to appreciate that,” said D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat.