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Traffic cameras will catch you rolling through stop signs

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- New traffic cameras watching you in the District aren't just looking for speeders and red light runners.

The new silver boxes nestled in neighborhoods will catch drivers who are rolling through a stop sign at an intersection.

So you may be wondering, how can a camera determine if you've stopped at a stop sign long enough? 

D.C. police have a three-tier review system by a human being who will look at the tape and then finally determine if indeed a driver broke the law. 

Even though there's no legal time frame, according to AAA, a complete stop means all four tires come to a rest. 

The new cameras will also catch drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, block the box or speed through the intersection to beat the light. 

Sensors will even catch oversize vehicles like trucks and big rigs cutting through some D.C. neighborhoods. 

New traffic cameras waiting to catch you

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police announced Friday the addition of several new traffic cameras at intersections, stop signs and crosswalks beginning Saturday.

The new cameras are part of a traffic safety campaign called D.C. Street Safe, which is aimed at combating aggressive and dangerous driving habits.

"We have experienced reduction of traffic fatalities over the last 10 years of about 70 percent," said Metro PD Assistant Chief, Lamar Green, about the how camera technology has helped increase traffic safety. 

Cameras at new locations will issue warnings to vehicles for violations until Sunday, December 29. Beginning Monday, December 30, cameras at new locations will issue fines for violations, officials said in a news release.

Police say the new cameras will help officials in areas and circumstances where it could be dangerous or impractical for police officers to pull over vehicles for violations.   

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Zebra bites zookeeper; gazelle death may be related

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A National Zoo spokesperson says that a keeper was bitten by a zebra early Monday morning, which likely led to the death of a gazelle.

The keeper was bitten multiple times by a 10-year-old male Grevy's zebra named Gumu, officials said.

The keeper was sent to the hospital because he was bleeding. Officials say he was talking and conscious. 

The zebra was unharmed and is in an off-exhibit holding area at the Cheetah Conservation Station.

National Zoo officials say a one-year-old male Dama gazelle named Tony also died Monday morning, likely a result of being spooked by the zebra incident.

"Initial necropsy reports showed evidence of fractured vertebrae which tells us he was likely spooked by the incident and ran into a barrier," officials said in a news release.

Zoo officials are investigating the incident and hope to have more information soon.

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Fluid leak cause of Red Line delays

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Red Line was delayed Thursday morning because of a fluid leak from maintenance equipment near Union Station, officials said.

The leak was reported at 5:40 a.m., with fluid going onto the track between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island during maintenance. 

Single tracking between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Ave caused delays in both directions and crowding on some platforms. 

Single tracking ended just before 9 a.m., but delays continued in both directions. 

Some Red Line trains heading downtown offloaded at Farragut North. During the morning Metro suggested Metrobus as an option for going downtown.

DC Council passes licenses for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC City Council approved a bill on Tuesday granting access to driver's licenses and ID's for city residents regardless of their immigration status. 

The licenses will be marked to show they belong to undocumented residents.

The DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 will go into effect in May 2014.

Recently, California, Vermont, and Massachusetts passed similar bills.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said: