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Cities must be able to recoup camera costs

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Those “photocop” tickets for running red lights or speeding in school zones are:

1) A useful tool for getting drivers to observe traffic lights and speed limits, or

2) A “Big Brother” cash cow for municipalities.

Your answer may hinge on whether you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a hefty ticket that arrived in the mail after a camera caught your infraction.

In 2001, Lakewood was the first city in the state to install automated traffic cameras, and they’ve spread to many others, including Tacoma, Seattle, Puyallup, Fife, Federal Way, Lacey and Auburn. The cameras are usually installed at intersections that have experienced high numbers of T-bone crashes caused by red-light runners. Such a crash fatally injured a 3-month-old child in Fife Sunday.
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