The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Traffic Fines:
A Tax on Working People

Jun 4, 2012

Washington, D.C. has put in 27 new speed cameras on top of the dozens of stationary and mobile cameras. Go one mile over the speed limit, you can be hit with a $75 fine. Fines go as high as $250. They claim that all these cameras are for safety.

OK, if D.C. was concerned with safety, the first thing city politicians would do is fix the traffic lights, eliminate unsafe blind corners, build pedestrian ramps protected from traffic, etc.

These fines have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with tax collection. In fact, Mayor Vincent Gray has already budgeted for the revenue he expects these cameras to bring in—to the tune of 30 million dollars!