Op-Ed: Transportation and the Police: Reconsidering Traffic Enforcement | Eno Center for Transportation

June 11, 2020
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On June 11, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement, was cited in an op-ed at the Eno Center for Transportation:

While Washington, D.C. relies heavily on automated traffic enforcement cameras, a report by the DC Policy Center found that drivers in predominantly Black neighborhoods were over 17 times more likely to receive an automatic moving violation than in a predominantly white neighborhood. These disparities persist despite similar instances of crashes per capita. While the underlying data are unable to shed light on the demographics of the drivers, the report suggests considering the unequal racial and economic impacts of automated traffic enforcement when locating cameras, and consider adopting a sliding-scale for traffic fines tied to income.

Read more: Op-Ed: Transportation and the Police: Reconsidering Traffic Enforcement | Eno Center for Transportation

Related: Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement | D.C. Policy Center

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