No exit from a D.C. ticket thicket
By Richard L. Schmidt
Regarding the Oct. 9 letter from Mark Miller, “Welcome to D.C. That’ll be $125”:
On June 22, after completing an errand in the city, I apparently exceeded the posted speed limit (whatever that is) for the Ninth Street underpass entrance to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.
On Aug. 14, 53 days later, I received via mail a Notice of Unsatisfied Photo Enforcement Ticket with a fine of $250. The basic fine of $125 had been doubled because I had not responded within 30 days of the violation. I had received no previous communication.
I paid the basic fine of $125 on Aug. 19 and sent along a letter explaining why I had not responded within the allotted time. My letter was ignored, and several more form letters demanding payment of the added cost arrived. On Aug. 26, I received from the D.C. police a Notice of Infraction, but it showed a different ticket number and a different date of infraction, Aug. 11, but at the same location. (I was in Rehoboth Beach on that date.)
On Sept. 30, I received yet another Notice of Unsatisfied Photo Enforcement Ticket with a fine of $250 for not responding within 30 days. This notice showed the second ticket number and the date of infraction as Aug. 11. I have tried once more via mail on Oct. 5 to describe this situation.
I believe that the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and the D.C. police owe me an explanation.
| October 14, 2010; 7:28 PM ET
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