WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Wells, Cheh Question Move To Lower Speed Camera Fines

Play associated audio
Tommy Wells says Mayor Gray's move to lower traffic camera may well have been politically-motivated.
Mallory Noe-Payne
Tommy Wells says Mayor Gray's move to lower traffic camera may well have been politically-motivated.

On the same day most speed camera fines are lowered in the District, the D.C. council is taking a close look at why the changes were made.

At a hearing on Monday, D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells says the change seems political — referring to the mayor's swift move to lower the fines.

D.C.'s speed camera program — which police and pedestrian safety advocates say helped drive down traffic-related fatalities — has come under criticism because of the costly fines.

Over the summer, Wells and fellow council member Mary Cheh introduced legislation to study the fines, looking for a way to lower them without sacrificing public safety.

The mayor's emergency action, lowering most speed camera tickets while raising the fines for the most egregious lawbreakers, seemed to catch the council off-guard and preempted their own efforts.

A large part of today's hearing focused on determining appropriate fines that will discourage drivers from speeding. The police say penalties should be at least $100, but admit there is little research on this exact issue.

Part of the revenue collected from the speed cameras under Gray's new plan would go to hiring an additional 100 police officers.

NPR

Kevin Hart And Amy Schumer: The New King And Queen Of Comedy

For the first time in a decade, someone other than Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes' ranking of the highest-paid comedians.
NPR

Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now encouraged at some upscale urban restaurants catering to wealthy young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
NPR

Presidential Debate Viewership Signals Changing Media Consumption Habits

Many pundits and observers anticipated a record or near-record TV audience for Monday night's debate — the first of three — between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The predictions indicate that the media consumption habits of many Americans have changed since the last set of presidential debates four years ago.
NPR

When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

The report titled "Cellular Phones Are Completely Mobile" features a man who was "among the first 1,500 customers to use a new mobile phone system called cellular."

Leave a Comment

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