Driving Violations To Cost Way More In DC

4:28 PM, Jun 1, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Beginning Tuesday, more than 70 traffic fines in the District will be increased, in some cases, by more than 100%.

John Townsend of AAA-Mid-Atlantic says it's being done to raise more money for the DC Government's coffers, not to improve traffic safety.

Dorcas Adkins, acting executive director for the Washington Area Bicycle Association, concedes that some of the fine increases are "startling at first" but adds that anything to improve enforcement is a good thing.

Some examples, passing a stopped school bus goes from $50 to a $500 fine. Not having windshield wipers goes from $25 to $75. A rolling right turn at a red light instead of a full stop goes from $50 to $100. 

The increased fines are expected to add about $7 million to the DC Government coffers this fiscal year alone.

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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