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DC MAYOR INSISTS CAMERAS TO CATCH VIOLATORS ARE FOR SAFETY.

District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams defended the city's use of cameras to catch traffic violators Nov. 18, saying their primary purpose is safety rather than money.

"What's driving these cameras is safety," he told a press briefing. "If we gain revenue as a byproduct of using these devices, then I think that's fine.

"It is not designed to create a proxy for a commuter tax."

The city has collected more than $20 million in the first 15 months of its program to catch those who violate speed limits on camera, beyond original revenue estimates of $11 million. The city also has cameras posted at intersections to catch those who run red lights.

AAA Mid-Atlantic has withdrawn its support of the programs pending evidence they're serving safety rather than serving as a cash cow.
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