Driv­ers may face $500 tick­ets for speed­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Luz Lazo

Re­mem­ber the $1,000 fine the District wanted to im­pose on driv­ers who ex­ceed city speed lim­its by more than 25 mph? The pro­posal is of­fi­cially dead. Now it will cost you only $500. That’s one of sev­eral re­vi­sions to the city’s Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment’s plan es­tab­lish­ing tougher penal­ties for traf­fic in­frac­tions to de­ter dan­ger­ous road be­hav­iors — chiefly speed­ing. The new pro­posal sets more-mod­est in­creases to cur­rent traf­fic fines, but in some cases still more than dou­bling penal­ties. It also adds new and higher fines for bi­cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

If ap­proved, the new rules could go into ef­fect as early as this spring.

Un­der the re­vised pro­posal, go­ing more than 25 mph over the posted limit on city streets could cost you $500, up from the cur­rent $300 fine; driv­ers go­ing 25 mph over the limit on high­ways would face $400 tick­ets. Rolling through a right­turn-on-red will cost you $100, com­pared with the cur­rent $50. The fine for over­tak­ing an­other ve­hi­cle that is stopped at a cross­walk or in­ter­sec­tion to give pedes­tri­ans the right of way will dou­ble to $500.

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