Drivers may face $500 tickets for speeding
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.