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  • RAYMOND THOMPSON/THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Ward 3 Council member Mary M. Cheh questions members of the Metropolitan Police Department about automated camera ticket delivery delays during a meeting of the traffic enforcement task force on Tuesday. Ms. Cheh is co-chairperson of the panel.

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  • In the District, the speed camera program came under fire recently after a police sergeant — a former radar instructor — claimed the program's director, Lisa Sutter, a civilian, abused her authority and failed to maintain minimum performance standards.

    D.C.'s speed camera cash skyrocketed in 2012 →

  • The District has experienced 11 traffic-related deaths this year, she said, about a 60 percent decrease from this time last year.

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