Changes proposed for DC speed, red light cameras

A proposal from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser that could lead to the more frequent moving of speed, red light and other photo enforcement cameras to different streets drew some skepticism at a hearing on Thursday.

Bowser’s proposal would shift oversight for automated traffic enforcement from the D.C. police to the District Department of Transportation.

“The deployment of cameras will be more nimble to reflect the nature of our traffic safety assessments and the work that we’re doing, and it’ll be one tool in a more holistic approach to traffic safety,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian said.

The current program issues about a million tickets each year.

“We want to be able to deploy them in near-real time,” he told the D.C. Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment.