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The American Addiction to Speeding | Slate

December 15, 2021
  • D.C. Policy Center

On December 15, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement, was cited by Slate:

Some civil rights advocates oppose automated enforcement on the grounds that even race-blind cameras are used to scale up America’s traditions of revenue-driven and racist policing. In D.C., for example, researchers found that drivers in segregated Black neighborhoods received 17 times as many camera tickets per capita as their counterparts in white neighborhoods. Black Washingtonians are indeed more likely to live near high-speed arterials where drivers (including white suburbanites) go very fast, but the disparity suggests the cameras aren’t improving driver safety so much as raising money. America’s one-size-fits-all fine structure is also inherently regressive compared with Finland, where speeding tickets are famously adjusted to match the driver’s income.

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