Tomorrow: Councilmember Allen to Hold Public Roundtable on District’s Enforcement of Dangerous Driving

On Tuesday, May 23, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, will convene a public oversight roundtable on the District’s efforts to enforce the laws around dangerous driving and hold drivers with demonstrated patterns of excessive speeding, stop sign running, and other dangerous behaviors accountable.

  • What: DC Council Public Roundtable on Traffic Enforcement and Reducing Dangerous Driving
  • When: Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 am
  • Where: Virtual, Streamed on Council’s Website and Councilmember Allen Facebook Page
  • Who:
    • Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment and members of the Council
    • Lucinda Babers, Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure
    • Professor Sarah Seo, Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
    • Ryan Calder, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Policy, Virginia Tech
    • Scarlet Neath, Policy Director, Center for Policing Equity
    • Priya Sarathy Jones, Deputy Executive Director, Fines and Fees Justice Center
    • Helaina Roisman, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, George Washington University Hospital
    • Caitlin Rogger, Deputy Executive Director, DC Sustainable Transportation
    • Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Founding President & Director-Counsel, Tzedek DC
    • Dennis Corkery, Senior Counsel, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
    • And other invited witnesses (full agenda attached)

The roundtable will be limited to invite-only witnesses, with questions and areas of concern informed by extensive public testimony heard by the committee’s performance and budget oversight hearings earlier this year. Councilmember Allen will focus in on the following areas:

  • How to best use the District’s Automated Traffic Enforcement system to ensure meaningful consequences for moving violations, including ATE citations;
  • Potential updates to the legal definition of reckless driving and the consequences associated specifically with reckless driving;
  • Barriers to enforcement against both DC and out-of-state drivers, in particular reaching reciprocity agreements with Maryland and Virginia on outstanding offenses;
  • Whether the District should assess points to drivers for ATE citations;
  • Whether in-person traffic enforcement should remain with MPD or be re-located to another District agency;
  • How to create an effective, but more equitable enforcement system.

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