Wednesday February 8, 2012
The Hillcrest Community Civic Association (HCCA) is disheartened and disappointed by the protest of the speed camera on the 1900 block of Branch Ave SE held on February 8, 2012. Speeding along Branch Ave between Alabama Ave and Pennsylvania Ave SE has been a constant challenge due to the long stretch of roadway without any signalized intersections to slow or stop traffic. The speed camera on Branch Ave SE is the result of several years of advocacy by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Phillip J. Hammond (ANC 7B04), his fellow ANC 7B Commissioners, and the Hillcrest community. HCCA stood in full support of the cameras then, and we reaffirm our support today.
The mission of HCCA is to work “to enhance the quality of life and prosperity of residents, families, community organizations and institutions located within the designated geographic boundaries.” Part of fulfilling that mission is making our roadways safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. As a community, we have been actively working with DC Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department to make our streets safe by implementing traffic calming solutions such as building speed humps, installing “Stop for Pedestrian” signs, repainting crosswalks, and increasing police enforcement of traffic laws.
We understand the speed enforcement tickets can become a financial burden for repeat violators. While some frame the financial penalty as unfair and unjust, we believe the impact of speeding motorists on our quality of life is unfair and unjust. The fair and just solution for everyone, is for motorist to obey the 25 mile per hour speed limit to avoid penalties.
HCCA stands firm in our support of the speed camera on the 1900 block of Branch Ave SE. In addition, we will continue to be vocal advocates of safety enforcement in our community.
Veronica O. Davis
Street, Traffic and Transportation Committee Chair
On behalf of the HILLCREST COMMUNITY CIVIC ASSOCIATION