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DC StreetSafe: Pedestrian Right of Way

You can’t actually get a ticket for not stopping to be polite, but you can for not stopping for pedestrians at a crosswalk. The MPD is now using automated safety enforcement to reduce these violations.





While the District’s traffic fatality rate has decreased steadily since the introduction of photo enforcement, the percentage of pedestrian fatalities remains high.  The new crosswalk units are located near schools or recreation centers. 

Drivers approaching a crosswalk at an intersection or other marked crosswalk in the same or adjacent lane as pedestrians or bicyclists should stop to allow them safe passage.  The crosswalk units use video analytics and radar to determine if a vehicle has stopped when someone is in the crosswalk.  Tickets will be issued when vehicles fail to stop.

Camera Locations

The MPD has a total of 16 Crosswalk cameras to identify vehicles that fail to stop for a pedestrian.

Crosswalk Unit Locations

Location Direction of Travel Police District
19th Street @ Constitution Avenue, NE Northbound 1
4100 block of Albemarle Street, NW Westbound 2
Garfield Street @ Eskridge Terrace, NW Eastbound 2
13th Street @ Riggs Street, NW Northbound 3
18th Street @ Wyoming Avenue, NW Northbound 3
Columbia Road @ 17th Street, NW Northbound 3
O Street @ 8th Street, NW Eastbound 3
14th Street @ Peabody Street, NW Southbound 4
8th Street @ Nicholson Street, NW Northbound 4
Rock Creek Church Road @ Hamilton Street, NE Southbound 4
15th Street @ Tennessee Avenue, NE Northbound 5
Central Avenue @ Clinton Street, NE Southwestbound 5
2100 block of 38th Street, SE Northbound 6
34th Street @ Eads Street, NE Southbound 6
4200 block of 6th Street, SE Northbound 7
Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue @ Highview Place, SE Northbound 7


The fines for traffic violations captured by automated photo enforcement are exactly the same as the fines for violations issued by a police officer.  (The DC Municipal Regulations may be found at www.dcregs.org with the search words “Civil Fines for Motor Vehicle Moving Infractions.”

Pay Your Ticket

Ticket payments are processed by the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  For your convenience, DMV provides four payment options: online, by mail, in person, or by phone.