D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced the District would be lowering fines from controversial speed cameras beginning Monday. The city has had many complaints the tickets and the high fines that bring in millions of dollars. But as Tom Sherwood reports, some say the new fines don't go low enough.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, responding to a torrent of criticism over costly speed camera fines in the District, is announcing major changes that will affect motorists in the city.
At a news conference, the mayor announced several administrative changes that don’t require council approval and will take effect Monday, Nov. 5:
The mayor’s administrative action comes as some council members are moving ahead with legislation to force a reduction in the speed camera fines.
Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, a major proponent of lower fines, said Gray may not have lowered fines enough with the new proposal.
Wells said it appears Gray is keeping fines still high “to balance the budget. There’s no correlation between the size of the fines and lower speeds,” Wells told News4. He said the danger of being caught is what keeps most motorists from speeding too much.
As for hiring police and raising speed limits on some roads, Wells welcome the changes. “That’s great, to reinvest in public safety. It does create a little more confidence” that the city isn’t simply gauging motorists for revenue.
The city raises tens of millions of dollars in speed camera fines each year.