25 Miles Over Speed Limit = $1,ooo Speeding Tickets In DC
Sounds Like Furguson, Missouri Where The City Used Fines To Entrap Us In A Money Mill, Doesn’t It?
We Know Wards 7 & 8 Are Already Over-Policed, So Blacks Can Expect The Bulk Of These $1 K Tickets?
D.C. residents converged on city hall Friday for a council hearing to voice their dismay over a “draconian” and “fiendish” proposal to push fines for excessive speeding to $1,000.
The council’s transportation and environment committee held the nearly three-hour hearing at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest to discuss the city’s proposal on traffic fines and safety measures, with the hot-button topic being a proposed fine increase from $300 to $1,000 for motorists who exceed posted speed limits by at least 25 mph.
“I am cognizant of the environment, but when you look at the total picture it hurts minorities,” said Northeast resident Evanna Powell after giving her testimony. “People can lose their [driver’s] license, their job and their health with these high fines.”
Powell was among more than a dozen people who spoke at the hearing, with most opposing the Department of Transportation’s proposal to improve safety with eight new penalties and 12 increased fines for existing infractions, including:
• $50 to $500 for a driver colliding with a person on a bicycle;
• $250 to $500 for overtaking another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk, or intersection for a pedestrian;
• $50 to $200 for not coming to a complete stop when turning right on red.
The plan is in conjunction with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative that aims to eliminate all fatalities and injuries on city streets by 2024. The document can be viewed at http://www.dcvisionzero.com.
After the hearing, Leif Dormsjo, director of the transportation department, said the mayor didn’t support the $1,000 fine, but officials will continue to review the plan to ensure safety and target “super speeders.”
“I think in all probability we’re going to make a change there, [but] I don’t know the magnitude of that change,” Dormsjo said. “The status quo in regards to excessive speeding is unacceptable and any movement we can make to discourage that type of [behavior] I think will be a win.”
The department had given a 30-day period from Dec. 11 for residents, business owners and others to provide verbal or written comments on the plan, but Dormsjo said it will be extended until Jan. 31.
Ex-DC federal prosecutor, Harvard Law graduate, Paul Butler tells us about Wards 7 & 8 being subject over policing and other tactics that guarantee arrests of Blacks…$1,000 tickets is just another entrapment device…beware…don’t exceed 25mph.
To lawyers out there, will Bowser’s proposal, if approved, function to entrap the residents of Wards 7 & 8 as those in Furguson?
William Ford, Washington Informer