WASHINGTON -- DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) introduced the "Zero Vision Omnibus Bill" on May 7 that eventually could allow some D.C. residents to write parking tickets.
The bill would step up enforcement of existing laws by creating a Citizen Traffic Safety Enforcement Pilot program to test, train and empower citizens to enforce parking laws in crosswalks, bicycle lanes, fire lanes, and bus stops.
The Department of Public Works would create an app allowing up to 10 trained residents per ward to photograph the violating vehicle and send it to the department. The person could then write in the the time of day and the location where the picture was taken, and then issue a ticket.
The main purpose of Allen’s bill is to reduce the number of deaths of pedestrians, cyclist and drivers.
The bill focuses on creating streets with safe accommodations for pedestrians via improved sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections and more protected bicycle lanes for cyclists and other non-car users.