Some lines marking crosswalks unmarked, trigger tickets in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You've told WUSA9 that red light camera tickets are driving you crazy. Carl Bartee of Bowie agrees. The retiree found out the hard way that you don't have to blow through a red light in order to get a ticket at one of the District's dozens of red light cameras.

In March, he says he stopped at a light at the intersection of New York and Florida Avenues, but received a ticket in the mail anyway. When he called the District to inquire about it, he found out a little more about the law, "If you're in the crosswalk, or pass what's called a stop bar, technically they consider that as going through a red light."

Bartee took a picture of the intersection, because he says the lines were tough to see. He fought it and the District voided his ticket.

There are more than 40 red light cameras in the District. We spent the day driving around, inspecting the quality of the markings at many of those intersections.

The markings at the intersection of Nebraska Ave. and Fessenden St. in Northwest Washington were easy to see. We continued along Connecticut Ave. in NW, stopping at Military Road, Nebraska Avenue, then Porter Street. At all, lines were clearly marked. Next, our drive took us to Northeast Washington and we checked out lines near New York Avenue's many red light cameras. Lines were faded near the cameras at Bladensburg Road, and New York Avenue, Eastbound and Westbound.

Next, we headed to SE D.C. and checked out lines near the camera at Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues. They were clearly visible.

Our last stop was at 12th St. and Constitution Ave. in Northwest Washington. Lines there were crystal clear also.

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