Over the next two years, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has major policy changes in store for the District. She recently unveiled a plan that includes 100 more traffic cameras, 24/7 school zones where speeds are always limited to 15 mph, and fines of up to $1,000 for speeding in the District, according to this Washington Post article.
There are currently 153 traffic cameras in the city, so adding 100 more will be a significant and noticeable increase for DC drivers. Similarly, the increase in fines are substantial - the fine for traveling 25mph over the speed limit is currently $300, so the $1,000 price tag is more than a 300% increase on ticket prices.
Mayor Bowser's "vision zero" plan is part of her committment to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. Estimates for the first six months of 2015 show that traffic fatalities are up 8.1 percent from the same period last year. So, it may be that this is what the city needs to combat traffic accidents in the long-run. Still, many residents see this as a push for commuters to use more public transportation, instead of driving into the city, and even more other see this as a thinly veiled proposal to quickly raise revenue for the District.
Mayor Bowsers is seeking big change in DC's traffic pattern - what do you think of the changes? Do you think it will decrease the number of accidents, serious injuries and fatalities in the city?
It may, but what if you are still seriously injured in a car accident in the District?
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