Dr. Gridlock writes that DC's Traffic Control Officers can now write tickets, but it doesn't sound like the emphasis will be on ticketing cyclists as it was originally proposed. Instead it will be
Only recently did the District enact legislation and give the officers the training to allow them to stop drivers, bikers and pedestrians and give them tickets.
"Their primary responsibility is to keep traffic moving in a safe and efficient manner," Gabe Klein, the District's transportation director, said in a statement this afternoon. "Distracted driving, blocking of intersections, crosswalks and bike lanes is dangerous for the motorist and the pedestrian and violators will receive tickets."
Update: Here's the press release
The DC Code [§ 50-921.04 (3)(E)] gives the TCOs the authority to issue citations for parking infractions and minor moving violations, including:
- Parking in a bus or loading zone
- Parking in front of a designated entrance
- Expired tags
- No standing
- No parking anytime
- Double parking
- No parking during rush hour
- Expired inspection sticker
- No stopping
- No front or rear tag
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