D.C. police officials, citing laxity in traffic enforcement and a dramatic increase in traffic deaths, declared war last spring on speeders, jaywalkers and motorists who run red lights.
The enforcement statistics are impressive, especially those concerning jaywalkers. Police said they issued 22,893 tickets citing pedestrian violations during 1985, compared with 1,193 the previous year.
There were 223,219 moving violation tickets, the most in any 12-month period, up from 135,304 in 1984. Drunk driving arrests decreased, from 5,645 in 1984 to 5,454 last year, officials said.
The annual report card provided by the year's total of traffic fatalities shows that some of the effort has paid off, officials say.
There were two dozen pedestrian deaths, compared with 34 in 1984, and the total number of fatalities dropped from 66 in 1984 to 61.
Records show that 27 of the traffic fatalities last year were linked to alcohol, compared with 25 alcohol-related fatalities in 1984. Five motorcyclists and two bicyclists were among last year's traffic fatalities, compared with six motorcyclists, one moped operator and no bicyclists the previous year.
A program instituted by Assistant Police Chief Isaac Fulwood setting "goals" for officers to issue three moving violations and 50 parking tickets every four weeks resulted in the large increases in tickets written in most categories.
The total number of reported accidents in the city fell from 25,026 in 1984 to 23,299 last year.