Letters to the Editor

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Tag: red-light cameras

Dec.
24th

TACOMA: Red-light runner courts financial ruin

Re: “Red-light ticket fight will cost you in Tacoma” (TNT, 12-23).

I hear complaints about red-light tickets a lot. Having almost been hit several times by drivers in a hurry, I think they’re a good idea.

So, should I or a loved one get hit (or killed), by a person running a red light, the cost of that ticket will be nothing compared to what the lawsuit is going to cost you – especially if you have just given notice publicly that you will run the light on purpose as Kevin Schmadeka did in the article.

That’s what you

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Dec.
24th

TACOMA: Freedom defender or terrible driver?

Re: “Red-light ticket fight will cost you in Tacoma” (TNT, 12-23).

The article about red-light cameras and the City of Tacoma’s practice of pre-emptively charging the litigant for expert testimony was compelling, inspiring and fascinating.

Kevin Schmadeka is fighting the good fight, however, his closing quote was beyond the pale. He will continue running red lights? This guy is a menace, and we should hope that some jurisdiction takes him off the road until he understands the responsibility inherent with driving.

March
23rd

CAMERAS: Let scofflaws help pay cities’ bills

I read that the Puyallup City Council is considering whether to discontinue use of red-light
cameras (TNT, 3-22).

It’s difficult for me to understand why there’s any question whether or not these cameras reduce accidents. Of course they do. That’s why so many citizens are against them; they want to continue to run red lights without any penalty.

I fail to see why all levels of government shouldn’t consider that one of the most ideal solutions to their budget dilemmas is to make those who take the law into their own hands the best ones to help them

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Jan.
25th

SAFETY: Red-light cameras send a clear message

Hundreds of people are killed and thousands more are injured each year by red-light runners. Unfortunately, this disregard for traffic safety laws frequently goes unpunished.

We have directly experienced the torment and grief these careless incidents create. On Thursday, Jan. 26, we will remember the 10th anniversary of our daughter Sarah’s death at the hands of a red-light runner.

In 2002, a man traveling 55 mph ran a red light and struck Sarah’s car, killing her. Only 31 years old, Sarah, a high school science teacher, was robbed of her bright future, her two children deprived of a loving mother.

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June
20th

FIFE: Is commerce welcome in city?

The installation of cameras to catch motorists running a red light is indeed an aid to the safety of pedestrians as well as other motorists. But is using the camera as a means to raise revenue a proper act by a city?

The intersection of 54th Avenue and 20th Street has such a camera (good), but it is being used to ply money from those driving into Fife from I-5 for fuel or shopping. Fife is fining those who drift across the white line (no crosswalk and too far back to see cross traffic) while the light is red.

Observing

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May
23rd

CAMERAS: Safety cameras save lives

We are writing in response to the recent media coverage of traffic safety cameras in the area to express our support for this life-saving technology. Throughout the country, traffic safety cameras deter red-light running, slow traffic on our streets and save lives.

Our passion for traffic safety stems from the deep, heart-felt sorrow and pain experienced in 2002 when our daughter, Sarah, was killed by a man who ran a red light and crashed into her car. We believe her death and the 30,000 deaths from fatal crashes every year should be a call to action for all Americans.

Too

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May
23rd

CAMERAS: Don’t just take industry’s word

 

Re: “Innovative technology – like red-light cameras – saves lives” (Viewpoint, 5-20).

Mark Rosenker and the National Coalition for Safer Roads – a photo enforcement advocacy group – is supported by camera vendor American Traffic Solutions. ATS is the largest provider of road safety programs and camera installations in the United States and Canada.

The National Motorists Association claims that Rosenker and the National Coalition for Safer Roads

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May
23rd

CAMERAS: Only offenders complain

The people who are against the traffic cameras are the ones who try to cheat the signal and get caught. If they obey the signal, there is no reason to complain.

Lights prevent T-bone accidents, which are one of the more serious on the roads. Instead of trying to beat the system, try following the rules and help save a life as lights are intended to do.

Who knows? One day it may be your own or someone you love. If indeed this is a money-making scheme as many suggest, it’s a small price to pay to save a life.