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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Speed camera bill would make streets more dangerous

Tuesday, the D.C. Council will take its second vote on its bill to lower speed fines. It’s likely to pass, given that it passed unanimously on first reading, but it contains some extremely dangerous provisions, including one that would force the District to set speed limits based on the “engineering perspective” over neighborhood livability.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E goes further and argues, in a unanimous resolution, that the bill would harm safety rather than enhance it. I have a hard time disagreeing, given that Chairman Phil Mendelson removed many of the important provisions in the original bill that came from the task force I served on, and added some harmful new ones.

I previously listed some troubling provisions that made it into the transportation committee markup, mostly at Mendelson’s behest, but the most damaging is this section, which the committee didn’t pass but which Mendelson added anyway:

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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