WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Members Question Purpose Of Traffic Cameras

Play associated audio
The District's traffic camera fines have been a growing source of revenue for the city.
The District's traffic camera fines have been a growing source of revenue for the city.

Skyrocketing traffic camera fines have a pair of D.C. council members asking whether the new technology is being used for safety purposes or to boost city revenue.

There's no question D.C. traffic camera fines are going up, with some fees increasing by as much as 500 percent over the past four years. The automated traffic enforcement program is a growing source of revenue for the city.

The latest budget calls for an additional 88 cameras, which D.C. officials estimate will bring in more than $30 million. Neighborhood and pedestrian safety groups argue traffic cameras help deter drivers from speeding and running red lights.

But a D.C. Council task force will meet to see if the fines can be lowered without sacrificing public safety. Council members Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh, as well as representatives from AAA Mid-Atlantic and several pedestrian and bicycle safety groups, will hold the task force's first meeting Tuesday at the Wilson building.

Wells plans to introduce a bill lowering the fines when the Council officially returns from recess in September. If the fines are reduced, lawmakers will have to figure out how to replace any lost traffic camera revenue that was penciled into this year's budget.


ABC Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

ABC will air "It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown" Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon's golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

L.A.'s Top Restaurant Charts New Waters In Sustainable Seafood

Providence is widely considered the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Its award-winning chef, Michael Cimarusti, is piloting Dock to Dish, a program that hooks chefs up directly with local fishermen.
WAMU 88.5

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.