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DC StreetSafe: Stop Signs

You can’t actually get a ticket for not knowing when to stop being completely annoying, but you can for not coming to a complete stop at an intersection. The MPD is now using automated safety enforcement to reduce these violations.







Nationally, 20% of fatal crashes and nearly half of all injury crashes occur at intersections.  Such crashes are easily preventable if the driver stops completely as required by law.

Drivers should come to a complete stop prior to the stop bar at an intersection controlled by a stop sign or traffic signal.  This allows the driver to look around and ensure that he or she has the right of way before continuing.  The stop sign units use radar to detect if a vehicle stopped at, rolled through, or ran a stop sign.  Tickets will be issued when vehicles fail to stop at a stop sign.

Camera Locations

The MPD has a total of eight Stop Sign cameras that identify vehicles passing a stop sign without coming to a full stop.


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 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.