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Fenty pulled over for illegal turn in Chinatown

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Traffic tickets seems to be the issue of the day in the mayoral race: This morning, Mike Laris and I reported that candidate Vincent Gray (D) is still dealing with a traffic ticket he received in Maryland in 2002.

Now we learn that last night, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was pulled over in the 800 block of H Street NW in Chinatown for failing to signal a right turn.

Fenty said today he on his way to the Washington Kastles team-tennis match when he was pulled over in his city-owned Smart car. "It was a mistake. It was a hundred percent my fault," he said, calling the police officer who pulled him over "one of our best officers." He was issued a warning.

At the match, which featured Kastles star Venus Williams doing battle with the New York Buzz's Martina Hingis, Fenty was spotted sitting in the second row with wife Michelle -- just behind team owner Mark Ein and not far from Post sports columnist Michael Wilbon. Fenty has been a stalwart supporter of the fledgling tennis team, offering city-owned land on the site of the old Washington Convention Center for a temporary stadium.

Fenty's run afoul of the law in his diminutive 71-horsepower ride before: Last year, I reported at City Paper that Fenty had received a $50 ticket while driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone on East Capitol Street. Fenty promptly paid the ticket, which had been issued by an automated camera system.

Additional reporting by Nikita Stewart and David Nakamura; file photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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Comments

This campaign is getting rediculous. An 8 yo ticket for driving on the shoulder to a Redskins game and an illegal left turn to a Kastles match are the headlines. At least both candidates are sports minded.

I think it is time to deal with the issues. We should have four or five debates where the candidates have to answer questions on particular issues- and do it without assistave devices like blackberries to help them. Let's be old fashioned and expect that our next Mayor will know the issues and policy and can speak out on them. Let's put both candidates to the test.

Posted by: peterdc | July 8, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, right. He got pulled over for failing to signal? Why do I doubt that? My guess is, he got pulled over for something more than that and they reduced it to failure to signal.

Posted by: sonny2 | July 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?!

Posted by: PepperDr | July 8, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not voting for either of these two clowns.

Carol Schwartz, please run for Mayor.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 8, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

But the normal laws do not apply to Fenty. So of course he gets off with a warning. The only Fenty cares about is removing Gray's aluminum fence.

Posted by: starclimber9 | July 8, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

If his security detail was chauffeuring him in the SUV, this wouldn't be a problem LOL

Who cares!?

Posted by: joebananas1 | July 8, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

But the normal laws do not apply to Fenty. So of course he gets off with a warning. The only Fenty cares about is removing Gray's aluminum fence.

Posted by: starclimber9 | July 8, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Really? I guess the normal laws don't apply to the other thousands of people that get off with warnings everyday. Idiot.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 8, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Great picture! Who ever thought a car could be smarter than its driver?

Posted by: ssmd11 | July 8, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Carol Schwartz??? LMAO...You probably voted for Dukakis too. She couldn't even hold her seat much less win this city over. And her dating Bruhs didn't help either.

This election is Fenty's to LOSE, not Gray's to win. The more Pharoah-like AD acts, the more he seals his own fate. Gray may win by default because he's not Fenty much like Mayor Bowtie won because he was not Mayor-4-Life...

AD is acting sloppy and reckless and now standoffish which was probably his MO all along but he did a great job of presenting his 'man o' the people' image to the people. He did just enough to show he wasn't the Bowtie to win.

Let's see if he can hold serve

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

While I agree with you wholeheartedly, peterdc, the likelihood that fenty will agree to even one debate without assistive devices is slim to none (and as the saying goes, "slim's out of town).

Posted by: schooletal | July 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, right. He got pulled over for failing to signal?"

+1. Nobody has ever been pulled over for failing to signal in this town...

Posted by: jamietre | July 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

That's the best plug Fenty has gotten yet, Fabulous Free Publicity- one of DC's finest as he put it............ Brilliant

The Refresher Course we all needed for 'Ole School' DC politics, no turn signal indeed

Posted by: LeastOfThese | July 8, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Seems to be a slow news day, c'mon WaPo.

Posted by: lulu202 | July 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, last month it was announced that this was one of the many fineable citations for moving violations (including substantial increases for existing fines) that would go into effect to help balance the budget. in fact, in some areas (near Nats stadium and Navy Yard), there has been aggressive enforcement of jaywalkers. Increased enforcement and fees were approved by the mayor. So, the cop was doing his job. The question is, will he be allowed to keep his job for citing the one who sets himself above the law?

Posted by: logosdesigns | July 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, last month it was announced that this was one of the many fineable citations for moving violations (including substantial increases for existing fines) that would go into effect to help balance the budget. in fact, in some areas (near Nats stadium and Navy Yard), there has been aggressive enforcement of jaywalkers. Increased enforcement and fees were approved by the mayor. So, the cop was doing his job. The question is, will he be allowed to keep his job for citing the one who sets himself above the law?

Posted by: logosdesigns |

WIN!

Posted by: bs2004 | July 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

That car is so small I wonder why he just didn't stick his left leg out the car door and signal that he was making a right turn.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, right. He got pulled over for failing to signal? Why do I doubt that? My guess is, he got pulled over for something more than that and they reduced it to failure to signal.

Posted by: sonny2 |

What an intelligent statement. He was stopped for something worse than failing to signal so the police reduced the worse warning to "failure to signal"? Think that one over genius.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 8, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. You're in the right lane. There is a car directly behind you. There are people crossing the street. If you stop at the intersection without signaling:

1. the car directly behind you has to wait as they don't know what you're doing.
2. the people crossing the street won't know what you're going to do.

If you stop at the intersection and signal a right turn:

1. the car directly behind you can just drive right thru you.
2. the people crossing the street will feel safe knowing you are going to turn.

Or maybe this is just part of the new traffic laws to generate money. Sorry Mayor. That cop is now on desk duty.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 8, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see he is made part of the City's revenue raising scheme!!! they are on a ticket writing binge all over the city if you all did not notice. cell phone while driving, too close to signs and the usual meter readers too.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 8, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This same thing happened to my son. It has happened to a lot of people, and could happen to anybody, so what does this have to do with ethics? The worse you can say is that he didn't pay a fine that he should have paid. Did he misuse his authority? Did he ask for special treatment? No. All he did was what a lot of us do, is overlook a ticket. It is almost a waste of the blogosphere to put this out, Really, Mike, what has happened to you since you joined the Washington Post?

Posted by: tacard1 | July 8, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This is also a waste of space. Fenty and Gray, like all of us, have had traffic violations! Show me a person who has never had a traffic violation and I'll show you a person who has never driven a car!

Posted by: tacard1 | July 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

He just raised those fees to high heaven. Why is he getting the warning but the rest of us would get the ticket and the points. That's a moving violation.
Oh yeah, he's the mayor, looking like "Henry" in the comic strip.

Posted by: candycane1 | July 8, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Since when did the police start giving two craps about people failing to signal? D.C. has the be the absolute worst city in the nation when it comes to this... For a while I wasn't sure if cars sold in the area even CAME with turn signals. Around here, it's hard to throw a rock and MISS someone failing to signal. If D.C. police are serious about cracking down on this issue, they've got quite a task on their hands now.

Here's another idea: Why not start ENFORCING the "NO TURNS" area at 7th & H? Every time I've been there since the new traffic pattern, several people have disregarded the signs and made illegal turns. Signs and laws are useless without enforcement.

Posted by: Josh_C | July 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Why do they call it a "Smart Car" when it looks so stupid?

Posted by: BillStoner | July 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Priceless. Mayor Skippy is such a maroon, he can't even obey the simplest traffic laws. LOL!

Of course, the attention paid to this is the classic "mountain out of a molehill". But the point is this: No one would care - or bother to print this - if it weren't for the fact that Skippy, a/k/a Emperor Adrian, has blatantly and repeatedly thumbed his nose at so many more important laws.

Posted by: nan_lynn | July 9, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

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