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Update: Speed cameras continuing to plague D.C. drivers

Last week, our blog discussed how the nation's capital saw a rather large profit this past fiscal year -- $84.9 million to be exact -- thanks to so-called traffic camera enforcement, meaning both red light cameras and speed cameras. However, we also discussed how area motorists were less than thrilled with this trend, calling it nothing more than a backdoor commuter tax designed to generate revenue for the cash-strapped city.

In recent developments Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, likely seeking to change this perception, announced last week that motorists caught speeding in the city would now pay reduced fines for speeding.

Specifically, speeding tickets are being reduced by the following amounts:

  • A citation for traveling up to ten miles-per-hour over the speed limit will be reduced from $75 to $50
  • A citation for traveling 11 to 15 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will be reduced from $125 to $100

The fine for driving 16 to 25 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will remain anywhere from $150 to $200, while the fine for driving more than 25 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will actually increase to $300.

Gray stated that the ticket reductions were made after receiving "lots of feedback" and that they are designed to "improve fairness while continuing to ensure and improve public safety."

Critics note, however, that even though the amount charged for speeding tickets has been reduced, the city is still projected to earn an additional $3.5 million in unbudgeted revenue from traffic cameras over the next fiscal year.

Perhaps even more significant, they say, is the fact that the reduction in the amount charged for speeding tickets will only apply to one type of ticket issued by the much-loathed speeding cameras.

Specifically, only motorists captured on film traveling 11 to 15 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will see the prices of tickets reduced from $125 to $100.

Stay tuned updates for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket or traffic citation, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The Washington Post, "Some fines for speeding in the District to be reduced," Mike DeBonis, Nov. 2, 2012

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