Do you have a sneaking suspicion that traffic cameras are being used more to suck money out of your pocket than to promote safe driving habits? You’re not alone.
According to WTOP’s Beltway Poll — which yesterday discovered that suburbanites think D.C. drivers are the worst — 64 percent of the region’s drivers see the cameras as cash cows more than they do as safety measures.
In D.C., there’s probably some truth to that, according to a February report from WMAL:
According to city records on radar and red light activity, in fiscal year 2010 the district collected nearly $51 million in revenue from 547,131 paid speeding and red light tickets. More than 71,000 tickets were unpaid that fiscal year. In the first seven months of fiscal year 2011, the district collected nearly $37 million in revenue from 239,330 speeding and red light tickets paid. In these 19 months, the automated cameras issued about 900,000 tickets.
D.C. speeding cameras — which are expanding across the city — are especially egregious, with fines starting at $75 and climbing steadily depending on how fast you’re driving above the speed limit.
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[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]