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Changes Considered for D.C.'s Speed Camera Fines

D.C. Council to hear from citizens Wednesday

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    The D.C. Council is exploring changes to the city's speed camera program.

    At a Wednesday meeting  council members will look into the possibility of lowering the speed camera fines. The fines range from $125 to $250 for first time offenders. Fines in the surrounding Maryland suburbs start at $40.

    A final decision is not expected, but officials said they'll hear from citizens groups. In the past, those groups have complained the cameras are there to raise money, not increase safety.

    A recent article by the Washington Examiner reported the speed camera program raked in more than $65 million last year. That helped contribute to a $140 million budget surplus.

    If changes are made to the speed camera program, legislation lowering the fines won't be complete until the end of the year.