Residents Say More Traffic Cameras In D.C. Would Be Too Much

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is hoping to close a $172 million budget gap by installing a number of new traffic cameras targeting speeders, red light runners and those who “block the box.”

On Friday, Gray unveiled a $9.4 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2013 that calls for the city to invest roughly $5 million to purchase and install the cameras. The mayor projects nearly $30 million will be generated in return.

The spike in the number of cameras has some area residents concerned.

“They give you a ticket that’s like $125 and that’s too much,” one man told WNEW’s Kevin Rincon.

Famed local chef Geoff Tracy recently blasted the city’s camera practices after receiving three tickets for $150 each from a speed camera on Foxhall Road.

“I don’t like it at all to tell you the truth,” another woman laughed. “We don’t need a camera. They’re getting too much money from us now as is.”

Other residents feel cameras being placed in hidden locations is a bit unfair.

The city is estimated to have generated nearly $34 million in revenue from traffic cameras in 2011.

The mayor’s budget will take effect in October if approved by the City Council and Congress.


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