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PUYALLUP: Traffic camera made retroactively legal

Letter by Louise M. Knowles, Edgewood on Feb. 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | 12 Comments »
February 2, 2011 3:28 pm

I am just livid. I thought that we lived under a system of laws, and to discover otherwise has just left me blank.

I received a red light ticket for a rolling right-hand turn from Ninth Street Southwest onto South Hill Park Drive. After some research, I discovered that under state law, red light cameras are to be placed only where two arterials cross.

The Puyallup Police Department agreed that South Hill Park Drive was not an arterial. The City of Puyallup road classification map shows South Hill Park Drive is not an arterial; it is a “driveway.” Other identical cases have been dismissed for these same specific reasons.

However, by the time that we got to court, the City of Puyallup had changed its definition of arterial to include that specific drive.

We were stunned. The City of Puyallup road classification map remains unchanged. This drive also has two speed bumps. Arterials do not include speed bumps. This camera is there for one purpose only, and that is revenue generation for the city of Puyallup.

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