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.READ MORE: 'All My Organs Shut Down' | Maryland Man Shares His COVID Survival Story, Says He's Grateful For Second Chance
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.READ MORE: 2 Charles County Deputies Shot In Police-Involved Shooting, Suspect Dead
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.MORE NEWS: Maryland Still Feeling Effects of Colonial Pipeline Hack
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