Word that Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) is drafting a bill that could ban or restrict the use of speed and red-light cameras in the District drew broad reaction from residents and drivers this week. The cameras have been the subject of hot debate over the years — even as they’ve fattened city coffers.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) didn’t weigh in on the merits of the cameras when she was interviewed for our colleague Ben Pershing’s story, but she did echo a frequent complaint: that out-of-area legislators are meddling in the city’s business.
“Representative Bentivolio has been in Congress barely six months, but, with this bill, has already violated his professed support for small government and local control of local affairs,” Norton said in a news release. “Traffic laws here and everywhere else in the U.S. are local safety matters. In the District of Columbia, like everywhere else, local traffic laws are written by local elected officials, not members of Congress who are unaccountable to D.C. residents.”
The Twitterverse appears to agree:
Voters in MI 11 must be psyched to have elected a pretend DC Mayor! RT @loriara: Republican lawmaker wants to ban red light cameras in…
— Graham Roth (@GrahamRoth) June 27, 2013
So, what are folks saying?
— Benjamin Cooper (@BJNewsNOpinion) June 27, 2013
That said, there is a serious side to this debate:
— Russell Mezger (@MezJr) June 27, 2013
— Kate Ni Eochaidh (@Cuineas) June 27, 2013
Still others . . .
— Eli Eyre (@elijahcse) June 27, 2013
— David Oates (@deoates) June 27, 2013