D.C. passes new traffic penalties in reckless driving crackdown
Speeding drivers caught on District cameras will be subject to new points penalties — part of the D.C. Council's recent crackdown on dangerous driving.
Why it matters: New penalties up the stakes on D.C.'s growing camera enforcement program and also allow the attorney general to go after dangerous drivers, even if they live outside the city.
- Speed camera tickets will levy points on a vehicle, depending on the miles per hour over the limit. More than 10 points within six months may result in the vehicle getting booted or towed.
- The D.C. attorney general will have the authority to bring civil lawsuits against even out-of-state drivers if they commit multiple dangerous driving violations. (Much of D.C.'s unpaid traffic tickets belong to Virginia and Maryland drivers.)
- A person convicted of DUI for a third time in five years would have their license suspended.
🔎 Between the lines: The law, authored by council member Charles Allen, also requires people with suspended or revoked licenses to take a new DMV safe driving course to get behind the wheel.
- Drivers can have up to $500 in fines waived annually for participating in the course.
Zoom out: D.C. is adding dozens of new traffic cameras, with over 100 more on the horizon.
What we're watching: It's unclear how much of the law will be implemented. The measures would cost D.C. $123.3 million to implement over four years, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who wrote last week that "it is not clear that the Council has identified ways to fund the legislation."
- Bowser said lawmakers should develop a more "cost-effective approach."
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that under the new law, speed camera tickets will levy points on a vehicle (not a license).
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