Washington D.C. could be headed to a drastic reimagining of what road safety looks like. The D.C. Council passed a $77 million traffic legislative package that will allow the District to install speed governors in vehicles of drivers convicted of serious speeding crimes. The bill would also grant powers to punish drunk drivers more harshly as well as better go after out-of-district drivers with unpaid traffic tickets. The last remaining roadblock is official approval from the mayor and U.S. Congress.
The Intelligent Speed Assistance Program would be mandatory for aggravated reckless driving offenders who have their license suspended, the Washington Post reports. First-time offenders will be forced to spend a year with a speed governor installed in their car and pay for the pleasure themselves. However, D.C. will cover the first year for low-income drivers. Each subsequent conviction would add an additional year to the mandated term in the program, up to three years.
Four-time offenders will see a governor installed on their vehicle indefinitely. There’s no way around it if they want to continue driving in the nation’s capital because it’s also illegal for drivers in the program to operate a vehicle without a governor.