Spanaway resident Richard Johnson called Friday to alert The News Tribune to an issue with the speed camera near Stewart Middle School in Tacoma.
The camera is located in the 5000 block of Pacific Avenue and became active in early January, Tacoma police reported. It’s designed to looking for violators the 30 minutes before and the 30 minutes after the school day.
Johnson said he got a ticket in the mail for going 30 mph in the school zone. The problem, he said, was the warning lights notifying drivers they are in a school zone were not working.
When the lights are flashing, the speed is 20 mph.
Johnson noticed the speed camera taking pictures were the lights were not flashing. He called Tacoma police, who informed him that he was right . An officer told him how to contest the ticket.
Johnson called The News Tribune because he wanted others to know about the issue.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said the camera and the school zone lights are now synced up. The work was done Thursday. The camera and school zone lights are on two different systems, Fulghum said Monday.
The department heard from drivers who received tickets outside of school zone times or when the yellow lights were not flashing. Officers tried to reject most of those violations, Fulghum said.
Drivers who did get tickets are advised to contact Tacoma Municipal Court and “go from there,” Fulghum said.