• New bill could kill red light cameras

    By: Essex Porter

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    In Seattle, 27 intersections are under surveillance from red light cameras. We checked and found out the city collected $3.8 million in fines from January to mid-November.

    Driver Mitchell Hearn said, “Just having some machine watching you and then sending automated fines... I'd much rather it be human.”

    Our camera caught a cement truck blowing through a red light at N. 40th Street and Stone Way, just the kind of safety violation the traffic cameras are trying to deter.

    Some state lawmakers agree the yellow lights to clear intersections flash by too quickly. The new law would impose a four-second minimum.

    We put a stopwatch on the yellow light here and it was a fraction less than four seconds.

    The chief sponsor of the proposal is Wenatchee Republican Cory Condotta. If passed it would lower the maximum fine from $182 to just $25.

    His goal is to put red light cameras out of business.

     “We’ve tried to put red light cameras out of business for several years, we thought maybe this would be a different approach, just to take the revenue incentive out and see what happens. I’ll bet if those fines and you lengthen those yellow lights a little bit they’ll disappear on their own.”

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