DC Councilman Proposes Bill To Let Citizens Cite Each Other With Traffic Tickets

DC Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen has proposed a bill that would allow citizens to write traffic and parking tickets.

Washington, D.C. – A D.C. city councilman has introduced a bill that would give civilians the authority to write traffic tickets in the nation’s capital.

D.C. Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen introduced the plan as part of his omnibus “Vision Zero” bill, according to WRC.

“It would start small. Just 10 people per ward. They would be trained and made sure they would be ready to go,” Allen explained to WTTG. “When they see a vehicle that is blocking a bike lane, blocking the crosswalk, blocking a fire hydrant, they would have the ability, using an app on their phone, to be able to take a picture and actually have a ticket that will be issued.”

A pilot program called the Citizen Safety Enforcement Pilot Program is already in the works, WRC reported.

It would allow as many as 10 residents per ward to be trained to issue traffic citations.

If more than 10 people apply for the position of ticket-writer, the city would use a lottery system to determine who was selected.

Those selected would have to be trained to use an app on their cell phone that would let them to take a picture of an infraction and then issue a ticket, WRC reported.

Allen said the city needs citizens helping with enforcement because illegally parked cars are a safety hazard for bikers and scooter riders, according to WTTG.

However, the councilman said the program would ultimately benefit all citizens of the district because it would make roads safer,

The next step toward passage of the bill will be debate during hearings before the city council.

Allen said he hoped the legislation would pass in the fall, according to WTTG.

Several other city councilmembers have expressed support for the plan, according to WTOP.

However, not all residents are in favor of Allen’s proposal.

“I think that civilians shouldn’t be able to do that because if you want to do that you should be a part of law enforcement,” one DC resident told WTTG. “We have law enforcement for a reason and that’s their job.”

Traffic deaths of pedestrians have increased in D.C. over the past few years and the bill’s supporters hope that once it’s signed, it will help reduce fatalities, WRC reported.

The city has announced a goal of zero annual pedestrian deaths by 2024.

There have already been eight pedestrian deaths in D.C. thus far in 2019, according to WRC

Comments (21)
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5150
5150

I bet this idea will work out well. What an idiot.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Hmmm ... something just tells me that this is simply not a good idea. I can see a few problems with this idiotic idea.

Cidcsp
Cidcsp

This has to be a joke or fake news. If not, the population of DC would decrease very rapidly.

JBo
JBo

What, oh what, could possibly go wrong?

floridacop
floridacop

I would have to check DC law but i think it is the same as florida. If they use their personal cell phone for work and if anything is taken to court than their personal cell phone is fair game in court so they better not have anything on it that shouldn't be

Scrub5150
Scrub5150

Where do we find these dipshitidiots?

trainbuff
trainbuff

Just issue them guns instead. You shoot and kill a few of these traffic safety violators to make examples out of them, the rest will fall in line. Problem solved!

Marxest
Marxest

That's one of the most stupid ideas I think I've ever heard. That was spiral out of control so quickly. The violence would be astronomical.

61mouse
61mouse

Think crime is high now, you go ahead and do this and it will skyrocket

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

More proof this clown shouldn't have been elected to any office!!!!!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

So, if a really angry car owner confronts the civilian and threatens to whip his a** - what then? He might need a colonoscopy just to retrieve his cellphone. Bad idea. Another expert that doesn't have any idea what really happens on the street. Require Councilman Allen to be the first and put him in northeast D.C.

Wish505
Wish505

I can see this being done in restricted parking areas, I.e. Handicap but anywhere else you are going to get people hurt. Just have them take a clear picture of the violation including tag number of the vehicle and a picture of the driver if possible and have a phone line established to where they can send the violation in and wala local LE mails them a heft fine ticket.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Dumb, dumb, dummmmb!

Mic911
Mic911

Another millenial snowflake Dumbocrat with a burned out idea!! What an idiot!

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

“I think that civilians shouldn’t be able to do that because if you want to do that you should be a part of law enforcement,” one DC resident told WTTG. “We have law enforcement for a reason and that’s their job.”

Best comment about this asinine bill!

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Idiotic must be a demoncrat

spitfirexiiv
spitfirexiiv

I thought they had trained people already "POLICE".

ArmyRangerMom
ArmyRangerMom

I’m envisioning a Keystone Cops scenario. Or Barney Fife in action. 😏

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

They used to call them "Meter Maids" although by now they are likely "Parking Enforcement Engineers" or similar. Are municipal budgets really that stressed where they couldn't hire more MM's ,put them on scooters of some kind and have at it. Increase the amount of the fine as well to compensate for the additional MM's and scooters. Make the fines cost plenty. There are so many blatant and flagrant abusers out there that with any concentrated effort those abusers would help pay down the city's financial budget deficit.