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Councilmember Cheh to Co-Chair Task Force on Automated Ticket Fines
Councilmember Cheh to Co-Chair Task Force on Automated Ticket Fines


From  Kiara Pesante: Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, announced that she is joining Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) as co-chair of a newly created task force that will study safety-focused changes in automated traffic enforcement and that could potentially lead to lower fines.


“I welcome the opportunity to lead this task force with Tommy,” said Councilmember Cheh. “There are many factors that should go into setting traffic fines, but the primary one should be the amount that is likely to deter speeders and drivers who run red lights. With the task force we hope to hear many different perspectives, and I'm also hoping to have some economic analysis and empirical data to assist us in finding the best approach.”


The task force will consider the following areas:

·         immediate adjustments to certain automated enforcement fines; 

·         fines associated with particular infractions, such as failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, blocking the box, and failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign before turning right;

·         dedication of fine revenues to road safety activities; and

·         graduated fines.


Ticket fines in the District of Columbia vary depending on the number of miles over the speed limit a driver was traveling. The fees range from $75 to $250, and those fines must be paid within 30 days of the infraction or the amount doubles. Automated photo radar tickets do not carry point penalties against a District driver’s license.


Cheh has already been working toward a resolution on high ticket fines this summer. “My office has been working on this issue since it was first raised at a Committee markup a few weeks ago, and I intend to hold a hearing on the broader subject of traffic fines once the Council returns from recess in the fall,” said Cheh.


Other participants in the task force will include AAA Mid-Atlantic, the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council, and the Council for Court Excellence.


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