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Changes Made to Speed Camera Bill – $95 Million

D.C. Council have been making several changes to reduce fines of speed cameras in the entire DC but it might not be realized as it might not reach the $95 million proposed income and would mean a financial loss for the District.

Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) are the council members who originally sponsored the bill that fines penalty for speeding between 11 and 20 miles an hour over the limit, at the same time, they proposed that fines for speed cameras be lowered which would mean a substantial reduction of $50 per violation. Both writers of the bill, Wells and Cheh believed that reducing penalties and installing more cameras are great ways to promote safety and make the e system more legitimate as most motorists consider speed cameras the money-making machine of the district.

The bill has been altered with new rates: speeding between 11-15 miles an hour or over would bring a penalty of $75 ticket which was the reduction from the original $125 ticket. A speeding ticket between 16-20 mph and over now cost over $100 which is reduced from $150; while the 21-25 over would be fined $150 from the original $200. However, for motorists speeding 25 mph and over, the fine for $250 remains the same. An added portion of the bill dropped the fine for turning right on red from $100 to $50.

The original provisions required that citywide assessment of speed limits be made; and that there would be signs warning motorists that D.C. is a strict enforcement zone remained the same; while the requirement that revenues from the cameras be utilized for special fund outside of the general fund was eliminated.

Mayor Vince Gray preempted the bill when he made an announcement early November of his plan to reduce slightly some fines while increasing speeding fine for 25 MPH or over from $250 to $300.  Gray was given the powers to issue emergency regulations so these new fines are now effective.

Meanwhile, Wells and Cheh’s bill is still facing a second markup today in the Judiciary Committee and needed two votes before the full council. Its biggest obstacle will be its inability to reach the price tag set at $95 M.

Financial analysis by D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi explained that the entire bill will cost approximately $95 million over four years. In this case, council members would have to fill any loss with other revenue. For the fiscal year, 2012, D.C. was able to reap $178 million from the cameras. While the amount for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year would only be about $621,000, it would jump to between $23 and $30 million a year thereafter. In comparison, Mayor Gray’s proposal pays for itself.

The city’s existing law on pedestrians in crosswalks is also affected by a new provision included in the bill. According to the law in effect now, a motorist can be fined if they don’t stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk even if the pedestrian is clearly across the street. The new change only requires motorists to stop when pedestrians to about to enter or at least within a lane’s length of the side of the crosswalk where the car is driving.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally

Source: Dcist Com
(http://dcist.com/2012/11/speed_camera_bill_to_cost_95_millio.php)

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