Notorious 295 speed camera rakes in $26M, while DC residents question its legitimacy

But in certain parts of the city there’s evidence the cameras are less about safety and more about making millions.

“It’s nothing but a speed trap,” said John Townsend of AAA Mid Atlantic.

The speed camera he’s referring to is on DC’s I-295 and is one of the District’s most productive and controversial. It’s generated than $26 million in just two and a half years. This camera charges premium penalties in a work-zone where there’s often no evidence of work, raising serious questions about the District’s motives.

“There’s always the suspicion that even if you say this is a work zone and it’s done for traffic safety, that an underlying reason for all of this is the revenue,” said Townsend.