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D.C. Council Bill Would Slash Traffic Camera Fines

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WASHINGTON (AP) — New legislation in the D.C. Council would reduce fines from automated speed cameras and running red lights could be lowered to $50.

Councilmembers Tommy Wells, Mary Cheh and Marion Barry introduced legislation Tuesday that would overhaul the automated traffic enforcement program. The system has been expanded to bring $60 million annually into city coffers.

Current fines run $150 for driving up to 20 mph over the speed limit. A red light infraction is $100.

Wells says people are convinced automated cameras are mostly about raising revenue. He says that must change as police prepare to expand the number of cameras.

The bill would give violators a 30-day warning period before fines are assessed.

Pedro Ribeiro, a spokesman for Mayor Vincent Gray, says there’s concern the changes don’t protect public safety.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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