The District of Columbia has finalized a city council resolution that will massively increase the number of traffic tickets issued in the US capital. The thirty-one-page measure adopted unanimously last week will slash speed limits throughout the city to 20 MPH, reinstate a ban on right turns on red and massively increase the use of automated ticketing machines.
As passed by the city council, the measure requires the mayor to ensure its for-profit ticketing contractor installs at least ten bus lane cameras by 2022. The number of red light cameras will rise to 125 by 2024, and thirty stop sign cameras will begin issuing citations. The red light cameras will primarily issue tickets to drivers turning right on red in locations where doing so is currently legal.
Studies have consistently found that turning right on red rarely causes accidents (view federal study, view California study). According to AAA Mid-Atlantic — ordinarily an enthusiastic supporter of ticketing measures that help its insurance business — there were 107,353 crashes in Washington between 2013 and 2016, but just 55, or 0.05 percent, involved right turns on red.