By: Allan M. Siegel
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.