WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Moves Toward Lowering Speed Camera Fines

Play associated audio
This past fiscal year, the District pulled in more than $175 million from traffic cameras
http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/391632706/
This past fiscal year, the District pulled in more than $175 million from traffic cameras

D.C.'s traffic camera program continues to spur debate as well as rake in huge sums of revenue. This past fiscal year, the city pulled in more than $175 million from traffic cameras, and while supporters, including the police chief and some safety groups, say its helped drive drown traffic-related fatalities, critics say the tickets are just too costly, with some fines at $250, even $300.

Council members Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells, who have led the effort to lower fines, say the penalties can be lowered while still serving as a deterrent for drivers.

Mayor Vincent Gray initially opposed the council members' efforts, but in a surprise move earlier this month, announced an executive order lowering the fines for many speed camera infractions.

The proposal to slash the fines by as much as half was approved by a council committee, and will now face a vote before the full body.

The council legislation, however, makes even deeper cuts to the fine structure, and unlike Gray's changes, the council effort will likely have a big impact on the city's bottom line, nearly $100 million over four years, according to the CFO — and that could hurt the bill's chances.

NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
WAMU 88.5

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

NPR

Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

A source tells NPR a piece of wing found on an island appears to be from a large passenger plane. Other media say sources link it to a Boeing 777 like the Malaysian jet that disappeared last year.

Leave a Comment

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