WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the District of Columbia government’s internal watchdog says drivers are too often considered “guilty until proven innocent” when they receive traffic or parking tickets.
The report issued Monday by the District’s inspector general found that city employees have been approving speed-camera tickets even when they can’t positively identify the vehicle that committed the violation. It also found that tickets were handed out to drivers when evidence shows a different car from the one that’s registered to carry a certain license plate. It says both practices can lead to erroneous tickets.
Traffic and parking tickets brought in $171 million for the District in 2013. AAA Mid-Atlantic was quick to criticize the city, saying the report proves its longstanding argument that tickets are more about money than safety.
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