So our esteemed mayor last month announced that he would basically tax drivers by installing enough speed and red light cameras to collect $47 million in tax money.
I'm sorry ,but if you want to catch me, put a cop in a car and fu(king catch me. For the whole pathetic infuriating story, read below...
I am fuming
More spy cameras are on the way
By Matthew Cella and Arlo Wagner
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The D.C. government will double the number of photo-radar cameras, increase licensing and parking fees and enforce traffic laws more vigorously as part of a plan to raise non-tax revenue by nearly $47 million next year.
A spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, which has described the city's administration of the automated-enforcement program as a "shakedown," says the District has made some progress in addressing the organization's concerns. But the fact that the additional cameras were first brought to light in a budget document leads to questions about the city's motives.
"It's completely backwards to let the dollars drive the decisions about public safety," says Deborah DeYoung. "Cameras do improve safety when they're used right. The only issue for us is whether this is a back-door route to a commuter tax the city couldn't get in the front door."
Beginning today, police will write tickets to drivers caught speeding in the 600 block of Florida Avenue NE.
Motorists' fines and fees are projected to raise $21 million as part of an overall plan to boost city revenue by nearly $47 million in fiscal 2005. The plan was outlined in a confidential report that Mayor Anthony A. Williams circulated among D.C. Council members last week.