Traffic cameras in D.C. are plenty controversial, and plenty more are coming. As we reported last week, Mayor Vince Gray has proposed installing more traffic and speed cameras throughout the city as a means to raise some $30 million in 2013. That’s certainly not an insignificant amount — it’s just under half of the $69 million in revenue initiatives Gray proposed to close a $172 million budget gap.
Predictably, AAA has come out against the traffic cameras, telling the Washington Times Tuesday that the city is “addicted to revenue” that comes from the hefty tickets sent to speeding motorists. The auto lobby isn’t the only one expressing concern — various council members have said that they’re none-too-happy with all the complaints from their constituents over the cameras.
Tuesday, though, Gray told the D.C. Council that he has no intention on backing down on the cameras. In fact, he’d like to see more of them — way more. “Eventually, we’d like to be able to cover the entire city. We need to do everything we can to protect people from the negligence or irresponsible behavior of others,” he said. This tracks closely to what his aides have been calling the cameras: “traffic-calming initiatives.”
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]