D.C. issues record $1 billion in traffic and parking tickets, AAA calls it 'predatory'
D.C. has long been considered one of the most onerous places in the country for traffic fines, seeing a steady climb year to year in tickets issued and revenue generated. But recently the District broke into stunning new territory, issuing more than $1 billion in tickets in just three years.
Townsend closely monitors the District's ticketing behavior. He says this is a money-making operation that can't prove these high fines have made anyone safer.
In fact, he says they haven't found any evidence that shows the amount of the fine modifies a motoristâ€™s behavior....
That's because you live in a reasonable location like Missouri, Stevenr, where traffic laws are obeyed and may even see your personal holiness attached to obeying the law of the land - rightfully so.
The DC area does not enforce many traffic laws as a rule. It would be interesting to see how much of that $1B came from automated/camera enforcement. That's where most of the enforcement tended to come from.
Has to do with a failed attempt to tax those who work inside the District but reside in the Maryland or Virginia suburbs. DC provides a ton of support and law enforcement without the revenue they want to support it. Traffic violations aimed at those commuting into the District, mostly for work, makes sense, at least to District planners, as an alternative source of funds.
There is also a huge effort to get cars off the streets, even though Metro subway and bus systems cannot handle the entire volume.