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D.C. to study lowering traffic camera fines

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Photo - D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells is creating a task force to study lowering traffic camera fines. (Examiner file photo)
D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells is creating a task force to study lowering traffic camera fines. (Examiner file photo)
Local,DC,Transportation,Liz Essley

At least one D.C. government official isn't OK with the high price of traffic camera tickets.

With fines increasing by 250 percent to 500 percent over the past four years, Councilman Tommy Wells, D-Ward 6, announced Thursday he is creating a special task to study the possibility of lowering the charges.

"The goal is to make sure the automated enforcement program is about safety, not just revenue," Wells said in a statement.

The District's traffic cameras generated $55 million in fiscal year 2011, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. And the council recently voted to increase the number of traffic cameras.

Wells has invited Councilwoman Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, to co-chair the task force. AAA Mid-Atlantic D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council and Council for Court Excellence have agreed to participate in the task force.

Wells said he expects the task force to meet this summer, in time to submit legislation to council this fall.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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