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DC Considering More Traffic Cameras, Bike Lanes Amid Rise in Crash Deaths

The city will consider photo enforcement for violations such as parking in a bike lane, and increasing the number of speed cameras and red light cameras

Following an increase in deadly crashes, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tuesday that city officials are considering a number of new traffic restrictions, including lowered speed limits in residential neighborhoods and bans on right turns during red lights.

D.C. officials are reviewing a proposal to ban right turns on red at 100 intersections, Bowser said. News4 was first to report on Monday that turns on red could be restricted.

The following proposals also are under consideration:

  • Doubling the number of protected bike lanes
  • Increasing the number of speed cameras and red light cameras
  • Creating photo enforcement for some violations, like parking in a bike lane
  • Creating 20 mph "slow zones" in residential neighborhoods
  • Eliminating reversible lanes on Connecticut Avenue
  • Requiring a short, driver "re-education" quiz when someone renews their license

This year so far, 31 people have been killed in D.C. in traffic crashes — marking the deadliest year since 2011. The deaths this year include eight pedestrians, three cyclists and one electric scooter rider.

Carlos Sanchez-Martin, 20, died after he was hit by a car Sept. 21 while riding an electric scooter around Dupont Circle. Three days later, Thomas Hendricks Hollowell, 64, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bike to work at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. And on July 7, Jeffrey Hammond Long, 36, was fatally struck by a truck while biking at M Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

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