Drivers: Have a DC “Photo Enforcement Violation?”

by February 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm 1,509 0

Borderstanians others, beware. According to the DC Department of Public Works (DCDPW), the city will “begin booting vehicles with outstanding photo enforcement tickets.” This means if you got caught on camera while speeding, running a red light or for street parking on a street-sweeping day, your car may be booted and towed–and you do NOT want your car towed to a DC pound.

From the Dupont Forum listserv on Yahoo! Groups

Dear Neighbors,

I just wanted you to know that the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will now begin booting vehicles with outstanding photo enforcement tickets. Photo enforcement violations include red-light running, speeding, and parking on streets during street sweeping hours.

As of January 30, 2009, 12,834 vehicles were boot eligible with 15,700 outstanding photo enforcement tickets representing $1,852,865 in fines.

Law enforcement’s public safety efforts will be enhanced by immobilizing vehicles with unanswered photo enforcement tickets as many violators ignore these tickets and have not changed their dangerous driving habits as a result.”

District law states that a vehicle is boot eligible if it has two or more tickets that remain unpaid with no request for adjudication within 60 days of issuance or that remain unpaid after the owner’s appeal rights have been exhausted.

If you have outstanding photo enforcement tickets, DPW strongly encourages you to pay them right away to avoid possible boot and tow fees.

For more information on parking enforcement, residents should visit,, or call 311.

Nancee Lyons, Public Affairs Specialist, DC Department of Public Works, (202) 671-2637.


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