The next traffic ticket you get in D.C. could be a little lower than previous fines (if you happen to be ticketed again for something you’ve already done) (and if it’s one of the offenses we’re about to discuss after this sentence ends) (I hope you’re enjoying this largely useless introductory patter).
A handful of traffic fines in D.C. were lowered this week. As of Monday, fines were reduced by as little as $8 and as much as $175.
Three speeding tickets were tweaked. Going 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit was reduced from a $100 ticket to $92, while tickets for going 16 to 20 mph over (which were $150) and 21 to 25 mph over (which were $200) were each reduced by $50.
Drivers who fail to clear intersections and drivers who fail to make a complete stop at red lights before turning right were both charged $100, but the new ticket for those infractions is $50. The same is true for a ticket for ignoring signs banning turning at red, a fine that went from $100 to $50.
Pedestrians in roadways should take note of the last change (particularly given recent news about the dangers pedestrians and cyclists face on the roads). Drivers who don’t stop and give pedestrians in a roadway the right-of-way used to be charged $250, but that has dropped to $75.
This is the second time in recent months D.C. ticket fines have changed. Last November, tickets for going 10 mph over the speed limit were reduced from $75 to $50 and the $125 ticket for going 11 to 15 mph over was reduced to $100.