Mayor Fenty this morning announced the wholesale increase in traffic violation fines, including some that have double, tripled, or in one case, dectupled. The move will generate approximately $7M in additional revenue for the cash-strapped city government before the end of the fiscal year in October. The Examiner has a handy list of the new fines, but the ones that went up the most are:
Passing a Schoolbus with its red blinkers on: Now $500 (from $50)
Failing to secure loads: Now $250 (from $50)
“Coasting”: Now $75 (from $15)
Failure to Yield: Now $100 (from $25)
Speeding (11-15mph): Now $125 (from $50)
The fix for most of us is easy: Don’t Drive Like an Idiot, Don’t Get Fined. This is not rocket surgery.