A total of $324 million was collected from D.C. drivers in traffic tickets last year. More than one million tickets were issued in D.C. between September 30, 2017, and September 30, 2018, based on data obtained from speed and red light cameras.
About 33,000 of the issued tickets were reportedly dismissed after being challenged. A total of 2,719,600 citations were processed by D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the 2018 budget for speed and red light camera tickets, including moving violations and parking tickets. The number has surpassed that of the previous year when the total value was $306,712,186.
For the first four months this year from October to January, D.C. DMV processed 901,881 citations worth $99,758,342. And out of this amount, $41,068,367 was acquired before sending the tickets to collections. The outstanding amount by the end of January is $56,800,374.
From the 2018 fiscal year, D.C. residents paid a total of $28,615,543 in outstanding tickets. So far, Maryland residents recorded the largest value of unpaid tickets at $59,662,386 in the previous year and also so far in the current budget year. Virginia residents owed $31,512,322 in tickets, and in other states, people possessing cars owed $19,491,634.
The city is currently evaluating if the DMV should retain parking ticket adjudication. A report on the issue has been delayed until April due to “stalled agency discussions.” The city’s 24-year-old ticket administration system is being reviewed for upgrades, as well as its 17-year-old driver’s license record system.