It seems that DC drivers are paying more attention to how fast they are going or are more aware of where traffic cameras are located in the city. Or perhaps both.
The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis reported late Monday that the city’s Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt recently wrote a letter to city officials revealing that the revenue reaped from speeding and red light cameras would come in well below estimates:
The city expected to collect $93.7 million through automated traffic enforcement in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, but as of the end of August, the cameras had generated only $26.1 million, according to preliminary cash reports issued by DeWitt’s office. That is a drop-off of 62 percent from the nearly $70 million the city had collected by that point in 2013.
The drop in fines is likely not due to a lack of cameras. There are over 100 cameras aimed at catching drivers going over the speed limit within the city limits, and a year ago, the city announced that it was installing 32 cameras at stop signs around town that fine drivers who do not come to a complete stop.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dc_is_stopping_revenue_from_traffic_cameras_drops_off/9033
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