The task force will examine whether generating revenue has taken a higher importance than safety.
Mr. Wells, Ward 6 Democrat, will ask the group to examine fines, automated enforcement plans and crash data.
In a release announcing the formation of the task force, Mr. Wells wrote that installation of more automated traffic monitoring devices should lead to more consistent enforcement and lower fines. However, some fines have increased by 250 to 500 percent in the last four years.
The budget for this fiscal year includes a projected $25 million in net revenue from the proposed expansion of traffic cameras that will cost the city $5.8 million.
Council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, will be asked to co-chair the task force. Mr. Wells wrote that AAA Mid-Atlantic, the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council and the Council for Court Excellence have already agreed to participate. Mr. Wells has also invited AARP to play a role.
Mr. Wells is believed to be considering a run for mayor in 2014.
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