Tag Ban Extension Sought

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently published emergency regulations to permanently bar used-car dealers from issuing temporary license plates after the department found what it believes were widespread abuses of the system.

After a temporary moratorium on the issuance of the temporary tags was enacted in late April, the number of temporary tags issued decreased by 70 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Moreover, the DMV said that police officers found far fewer fraudulent temporary tags than in the past.

The DMV says the new regulations also limit the number of "dealer hard tags" issued, to hold dealers more responsible for improprieties. The moratorium applies only to used-car dealers.

Temporary tags are available from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Temporary Tag Office, 301 C St. NW, Room 1032. A complete list of the new regulations is online at www.dmv.dc.gov. While the new proposed regulations are being reviewed, they are considered to be in effect under the DMV's authority.

Black Family Reunion Set

The annual Black Family Reunion Celebration returns to the District this weekend on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets NW.

It will be the 19th year of free cultural events to commemorate the traditions of the black family.

The Black Family Reunion Celebration will include pavilions on the Mall for workshops, health screenings and exhibits, as well as live entertainment and appearances by local and national celebrities. Saturday's opening ceremony features a keynote speech by Bishop T.D. Jakes.

All events are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Driver Feedback Signals

Sixteen "driver feedback" signals were placed at nine elementary schools scattered across the District last week as part of an effort to reduce speeding vehicles around school grounds. The signals digitally display the speed of a vehicle as it approaches the signal.

The elementary schools where signals were installed are: Sacred Heart, west of 16th Street NW, one signal; Bowen, M and First streets NW, and Canal Street NW, two signals; Stoddert, Calvert Street, east of 29th Street NW, and Cleveland Avenue, west of 29th Street, two signals; Raymond, New Hampshire Avenue, south of Georgia Avenue NW, and north of Otis Place NW, two signals; Webb, Mount Olivet Road, west of Trinidad Avenue NE and east of Holbrook Street NE, two signals; Maury, Constitution Avenue NE, west of Warren Street NE and east of 12th Street NE, two signals; Randle Highlands, Pennsylvania Avenue, east and west of 30th Street, two signals; McGogney, Wheeler Road, north of Mississippi Avenue SE, one signal, and Stanton, 25th Street SE, north of Alabama Avenue and north of Wagner Street, two signals.

Stoddert, Raymond, Webb, Maury and Randle Highlands elementary schools have been designated for evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the signals, along with other traffic variables. After reviewing the results, District transportation officials expect to install more signals at other locations citywide.

Book Sale Scheduled

The 44th annual book sale sponsored by the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) has been scheduled for two consecutive weekends next month.

Organizers of the book sale, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24, say that all funds raised will go directly to community projects and the AAFSW Scholarship Fund. Aside from books, the sale will include items such as art objects, stamps, coins and other collectibles. Select items will be sold for half-price on the sale's last day, Oct. 24.

Bookfair 2004 will be held at the Diplomatic Exhibit Hall of the U.S. Department of State on C St. NW, between 21st and 23rd Streets. Call 202-223-5796 for more information.

-- Compiled by

BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT