D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared her intent to increase fines for traffic violations, as part of her “Vision Zero” strategy to eliminate traffic-related deaths by 2024. The specific proposal issued by the D.C. Department of Transportation includes increasing the fine for driving 25 mph over the speed limit, to $1,000.
Other fines would include:
- $200 for rolling through a right turn on red
- $100 for speeding near a recreation or senior center
- $500 for failing to slow down and get out of the way for an emergency vehicle
- $400 for failing to yield to a bus reentering traffic
The proposed $1,000 fine has probably gotten the most attention, and generated some public backlash. Since then, the Department of Transportation has stated that they are willing to consider modifying the proposed fines before they go into effect. But in any event, it seems likely that higher fines are on the way.
The motivating factor behind increasing traffic fines, according to officials, is public safety. As we’ve seen in many different ways, regulations and fines – such as those implemented for drunk driving or distracted driving – can and do raise awareness about potential dangers and help remind motorists about safe driving behaviors.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we know that although new regulations may help put us on a path toward reducing preventable car accidents, injuries, and deaths, they by no means eliminate all risks – especially those posed by negligent drivers. Our team is always available to help victims harmed in these situations, guide them through the legal process, and fight for the compensation they deserve.
Contact our firm to learn more about filing a personal injury claim after a car wreck.