D.C. Changes Fines for Speed, Red Light Cameras

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File photo of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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By Morgan Gilliam, Special to CBSDC.com

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – It’s official … D.C. is changing the fines from their automated speed and red light cameras.

The new fines, effective Monday, will cost drivers $100 if they go between 11-15 mph over the limit and $300 if they are caught going more than 25 mph over the posted limit.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday the threshold for speed cameras will remain at 11 mph, but officers can still ticket drivers going up to 10 mph over the limit.

The revenue from the fines will go towards hiring 100 new police officers, bringing the total on the force to 4,000, said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

These changes come days after D.C. councilmembers introduced a bill that would reconfigure automated camera fines after several residents expressed displeasure. Councilmembers were calling for $50 or less fines for smaller speeding infractions — but Lanier said a $50 or less ticket would be “absolutely no deterrent.”

When asked why the fines were changed when legislation was already on the table, Gray said “because we were ready.”

If the new legislation passes, automated camera fines could change again.

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