Washington DC has a fair amount of problems to deal with lately. The community claims to be a sanctuary city. Though since receiving migrants from border states, the city’s left-wing mayor has been demanding extra assistance from the federal government.
Like other Democratic communities, Washington DC also faces a serious problem with crime. These crimes range from violent offenses to traffic rule infringements. While the issue of violent crime persists, DC is considering certain measures to crack down on traffic violations, namely speeding.
Though one of the latest anti-speeding proposals has a lot of people talking.
Physical Restrictions on Vehicles?
One city council member in DC proposed a measure that would put physical speed limitations on vehicles that are issued by the government.
These limits would specifically prevent vehicles from going beyond 40 miles per hour, unless going further is proven to be necessary. The only government-issued vehicles that would receive exemptions from this rule, should it become law, are firetrucks and police cars.
Here's some data on how many tickets D.C.'s traffic cameras handed out from Oct. 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, and how many remain unpaid. As usual, Maryland drivers got the most tickets and had the most outstanding fines. ($31 million worth, of the $59 million in fines.) pic.twitter.com/0jh8M0pINi
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At this time, Washington DC has distributed thousands of vehicles throughout the city. Despite this new proposal, questions still exist as to how these physical speed limits would be installed and activated.
Speeding in the nation’s capital has been an issue for quite some time. Though the practicality of physical speed limits being put on thousands of cars remains very much questionable.
Bigger Fish to Fry?
There’s no denying that speeding is a problem and can leave much damage in worst-case scenarios. However, the same can also be said about other serious problems that exist in the nation’s capital.
Thus far, measures taken to reduce speeding in DC haven’t had much luck. These measures include issuing tickets (which often go unpaid) and reducing speed limits on roads known for heavy traffic.
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In the meantime, drug offenses continue to be a huge pain in Washington DC. From synthetic opioids to fentanyl and additional narcotics, the city would do well to crack down on access to drugs in the community.
Then again, Washington DC was one of several left-wing areas that made budget cuts to policing. Had the city chosen differently, they may have more resources to crack down on not just speeding, but also drug offenses and other dangerous crimes that can claim lives.