Freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) wants to use Congress’s power over D.C. to ban red light and speed cameras. On Friday, at-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange said he wants to take action, instead of Congress, to place a moratorium and other restrictions on cameras.
In his letter to Bentivolio, Orange referred to “problems” with the camera system, but didn’t specify what problems. The only evident rationale is the widespread attitude among many elected officials and residents, that speeding is really not a problem and is not a law we need to enforce.
Camera opponents have repeatedly lamented the way camera revenue helps shore up D.C.’s budget. However, Chairman Phil Mendelson actually just made a budget change to weaken the link between cameras and a balanced budget. Instead of making the objection to cameras go away, that may have given Orange an opening to block enforcement.
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