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  • A speed camera is positioned underneath Washington Circle Park for east bound traffic  on K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., Monday, December 30, 2013. The Metropolitan Police Department is delaying the start to issuing tickets for 130 new traffic enforcement cameras in the District. Drivers will begin getting fines for speeding and violations at stop signs, crosswalks and intersections beginning in an unannounced time in the future. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • 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. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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  • D.C. Council backs driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

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  • EDITORIAL: Mrs. Cheh's insurance scam

    The D.C. Council, always on the scout for a new way to pick the pockets of the people who live in Washington, now proposes to require gun owners to pay for exercising their constitutional rights. Under a proposal introduced by Mary M. Cheh, a member of the council, gun owners would be required to buy liability insurance.

  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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  • A traffic speed enforcement unit was set up in the Ninth Street tunnel in Northwest on Tuesday. D.C. Council members, citing constituent concerns, are considering lowering the fine from speed cameras to $50 per violation. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council signals a turn on traffic-camera fines

    City lawmakers on Tuesday answered a mounting chorus of motorists who say the District is burdening them with pricey traffic-camera fines in an attempt to balance the local budget under the banner of public safety.

  • Kelly Buckland (left), of the National Council on Independent Living, at a Monday hearing at D.C. city hall, discusses the Accessible Parking Amendment Act of 2012, which would designate 1,800 parking spaces with red-top meters for the disabled. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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    A D.C. Council member will introduce a bill Tuesday that reserves more than 10 percent of the District's on-street parking spaces for disabled motorists, a "red-top" meter program designed to comply with federal law despite cutting into an already thin supply of curbside spots in the nation's capital.

  • 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.

    Washington planning more speed cameras

    Members of a D.C. Council task force on traffic fines agreed on Tuesday that speed limits and red-light cameras improve safety, but city officials need to show "a rational nexus" between hefty fines that can reach $150 and drivers' willingness to change their behavior.

  • A speed camera on New York Avenue Northeast in Washington (The Washington Times )

    D.C. task force to evaluate traffic-camera fines

    A new D.C. Council task force will evaluate hefty fines levied on motorists caught by speed cameras and other forms of automated traffic enforcement, a controversial and expanding system that has some wondering if city leaders care more about revenue than public safety.

  • Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times
"People are innocent until they are proven guilty; they aren't guilty until they're proven innocent," D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Thursday.

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  • D.C. Council member David A. Catania (The Washington Times)

    Three D.C. Council members call for Gray's resignation

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