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TACOMA: Disconnect on red-light runners

Letter by Joan M. Benderson, University Place on Jan. 18, 2011 at 10:48 am with No Comments »
January 18, 2011 2:04 pm

Earlier this month, my family and I were involved in a car accident south of downtown Tacoma when the other car ran a red light. The accident was witnessed by a third driver who stopped and waited for the police with us. We are very fortunate that no one was injured badly.

Although we were able to move the vehicles to the side of the road, both cars needed to be towed from the scene. I was amazed to learn that Tacoma Police Department policy is to not cite the at-fault driver running the red light or even to file a written report of the accident unless there are major injuries or blocking accidents.

There is a real disconnect for me between this policy and issuing tickets from red-light cameras installed at numerous intersections by the City of Tacoma and, presumably, to drivers who cause no accident or other damage.

Lesson learned: If you are involved in an accident, don’t move your vehicle. That way, an accident report might be taken, and the driver who runs a red light might be ticketed.

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