A public safety issue could be turning into a political showdown. On one side are D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and on the other side are several council members.
It all has to do with the cost of speed camera fines in D.C. The Mayor ordered a change to the speeding fines last week. He lowered some fines, and raised the fine for excessive speed more than 25 miles over the speed limit.
Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells are moving forward legislation that would basically reduce speeding fines to $50.
Last week, Chief Lanier said $50 would not deter motorist from speeding.
Those who don't agree with the Chief say there is no evidence that proves charging more for a violation will stop those who choose to speed.