D.C. Speed Camera Revenue Nose Dives After Speed Limits Increase Slightly

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Last year’s decision by the D.C. City Council to increase the speed limit on some major roadways is having a huge impact on speed camera tickets.

The number of tickets issued from four locations examined by AAA Mid-Atlantic decreased by an average of 71 percent in the seven months after the speed limit hike.

Revenue from tickets issued from the same locations decreased by an average of 76 percent, representing an $8.5 million difference.

AAA compared the numbers from December 2011 to June 2012 with those from December 2012 to June 2013.

The controversial speed camera system may have finally struck a balance between safety and revenue, AAA Mid-Atlantic told WNEW’s Kevin Patrick Tuesday.

The speed limit increases, announced by Mayor Vincent Gray in November and December, “came only after the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) completed an engineering and crash data review of roadways with automated speed enforcement,” according to AAA.

The Department determined that “the speed limits on select roads could be increased immediately without significantly impacting safety.”

The list of roads includes DC-295, Canal Road, Benning Road and New York Avenue.

D.C. also lowered the average speed camera fine to $92 from $100 on April 1.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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