City Paper is not for tourists
Seriously, what’s wrong with D.C. pumping drivers for cash when they catch them speeding or running red lights on camera? Laws aren’t suspended just because there isn’t a traffic cop around. The Post reports that some people are annoyed by Mayor Vince Gray‘s plan to increase the number of traffic cameras in the city:
Some advocates for drivers are skeptical of Gray’s motives.
Last year, the District collected a record $92.6 million in parking fines and an additional $40 million from parking meters. Using information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Mahlon G. “Lon” Anderson said the District also collected $63 million from red light and speed cameras.
“The fact is D.C. found a new ATM machine, and it’s motorists,” Anderson said.
Several council members also voiced concerns that the city was becoming too aggressive in its use of traffic cameras.
“I do think we are reaching a point where people have had enough of tickets,” said council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4). “We have gone overboard with this.”
If people have had enough of tickets, then maybe they should stop breaking the law? That seems like a fairly simple way to avoid getting pricy tickets.
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