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Some speeding fines will go down next Monday. That announcement was made by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Friday morning. This change comes just days before a D.C. Council committee is expected to discuss legislation that would reduce speed camera fines.

Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells have come up with a plan that would reduce most speeding fines to $50 unless the violation is over 20 miles per hour. This comes after many have complained that speeding fines in D.C. are too high.

Mayor Gray says the city will lower fines for those breaking the speed limit by 10 miles per hour and under from $75 to $50. Those who are caught speeding 11-15 miles per hour over the speed limit will be fined $100 under Gray's new plan instead of the current $125.

The Mayor's plan increases the fine for those who really exceed the speed limit. For those going 25 miles per hour over the limit, the fine will increase from $250 to $300.

Gray also announced that he would seek council approval to use surplus money from speed camera fines to hire an additional 100 police officers. The Mayor says this will bring the total amount of officers to over 4,000.

"It doesn't look like the Mayor has gone far enough, but he is going in the right direction," said Councilmember Tommy Wells. 

Wells is standing by his legislation. He says lowering the fines from speed cameras will not have an effect on public safety. Wells believes the money generated from high speed camera fines is being used to balance the city's budget. 

LINK: SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS
http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/speed-camera-locations

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