when the car lobby bugs me: encouraging law breaking
Judas Priest, "Breaking the law"
D.C. rakes in $178m from drivers in past year."
Besides the fact that probably not even 10% of the serious infractions are ticketed, don't violate the laws and you won't pay fines.
My basic response to the car lobby on this issue is unprintable.
But the article and the discussion on the topic sucks generally because they provide no comparative data. DC's "take" from traffic fines needs to be compared to comparably sized cities and cities generally. No such data is provided.
San Francisco is about 2/3 of the size of DC, with a comparable sized population, and was projected to collect $101 million in traffic fines last year according to "In San Francisco, Parking Tickets Are the New Taxation" from New America Media.
So that might mean that DC's numbers are comparable and in the right range, despite what the American Automobile Association would have you believe.
And the reason that I have no problem with automated enforcement is that it is a far better use of scarce personnel resources of public safety officers (police) than expecting them to focus on writing tickets--although there are many times I wish they would be doing more of that too, in the face of reckless driving incidents that I frequently witness, incidents that go unpunished.
City Greenlights 13 Slow Zones to Make Streets Safer" from DNAInfo.
However, I will say that one of the problems with speed limits in DC is that because DC is a city and a residential city at that, speed limits are lower than what drivers not living in the city are accustomed to, and I wish that better signage on this would be posted at the major entrypoints to the city, such as at Wisconsin Avenue or Rhode Island Avenue, South Capitol Street, etc.