Washington Examiner - District reported that it collected nearly $26 million last month from its controversial automated enforcement network.
data from the city's chief financial officer showed the District took
in slightly less than $25.8 million in January from its nearly 100
That was a 113 percent increase from January 2012, when the city logged about $12 million in revenues from its camera system.
amazing that they dislike motorists so much," said Lon Anderson, of AAA
Mid-Atlantic, a frequent critic of the cameras. "Taking this kind of
money from motorists, you'd think they'd love them."
Councilman Vincent Orange unveiled a proposal that would require the
District Department of Transportation to match a "recognized national
standard" for the length of yellow lights -- which the city says it
"The issue here is just making sure that
the revenue we're generating from these traffic cameras is fair and that
we're not manipulating the traffic signals to generate revenue," Orange
said. "It's about safety and making sure that it's uniform and that
we're not using our traffic signals to create cash cows."
DDOT spokeswoman Monica Hernandez said the city already uses guidelines
from the Institute of Transportation Engineers to set the intervals for
yellow lights in D.C., along with supplemental rules that are more
generous to drivers.
Hernandez also said every traffic light in the District has a minimum yellow interval of four seconds.