As Vice Chair of the DC Pedestrian Advisory Council, I asked the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) to conduct a poll of DC residents on photo enforcement. A few of the members of the Pedestrian Advisory Council, including DDOT pedestrian coordinator George Branyan, advised IIHS on the construction of the survey. In November 2012, the Institute conducted telephone interviews of randomly selected DC residents, about 100 per ward.
The results, released last week, found the following:
And a majority of the respondents are drivers: “71% had walked and driven in the past month, 23% had walked but not driven, and 4% had driven but not walked” to their destinations.
So contrary to what we’ve been hearing, DC residents are not fed up with photo enforcement. There is strong public support. And DC’s politicians should take heed.