DC Resident Takes on Expensive Speed Cameras

Wants city to lower fines

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:57 AM EDT
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District resident Mark Mueller tells News4 speed camera fines are too high, and he's started a petition to have them lowered.  He launched his campaign after a string of $125 tickets on Porter Street in Northwest.

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District resident Mark Mueller tells News4 speed camera fines are too high, and he's started a petition to have them lowered. He launched his campaign after a string of $125 tickets on Porter Street in Northwest.

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A District man is taking on those expensive speed camera tickets and he's doing it the same way angry customers managed to get Bank of America and Verizon to drop their proposed fees.

Mark Mueller started an online petition asking city leaders to lower the fine.

His mission is fueled by the four $125 tickets he received when a camera caught him speeding on Porter Street.

D.C. police defends the speed camera program.

A person hit by a car going 30 mph has an 80 percent chance of living, police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump told News4, but if they're hit by a car going 40 mph, there's an 80 percent chance they will die.

The department says it chooses locations for speed cameras based on a number of factors. 

Sites of past traffic fatalities, locations close by to school zones, and areas known for chronic speeding are selected for the cameras.  The department lists 22 fixed speed camera positions, and dozens of roving camera areas on its website here.

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