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Word of bill to ban speed cameras in D.C. draws derision, cheers


New Rep. Kerry Bentivolio wants to throw out, or at least limit, speed and red-light cameras in the city. (Paul Sancya/AP)

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:

So, what are folks saying?

That said, there is a serious side to this debate:

Still others . . .


Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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