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Bill by Rep. Jeff Morris would repeal traffic cameras

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:59 am with 5 Comments »
February 2, 2011 12:05 pm

There are all kinds of proposals in the Legislature for cracking down on cities’ use of automated traffic cameras, and a bill filed today offers the most sweeping solution yet.

Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes, HB 1823 would completely repeal the authority for cities and counties to have the cameras.

That’s what’s demanded by activists like the ones who helped pack a committee hearing Tuesday on bills related to the cameras. A Puyallup couple, Nick and Tiffany Sherwood, founded BanCams.com.

Other proposals out there:

  • Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham, would require cities to get approval from local voters before using the cameras.
  • Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, would also require public votes, but would grandfather in existing cameras.
  • Rep. Connie Ladenburg and Sen. Debbie Regala, both D-Tacoma, would limit the use of red light cameras to go after drivers making right turns, and standardize yellow light times. Their bills, requested by the city of Tacoma, would also expand the use of cameras to catch speeders.
  • Finally, Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, would also standardize yellow-light times, and would cap the cost of a ticket at $124. Her bill is backed by a police lobbying group, the Washington Council of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Law enforcement, needless to say, isn’t crazy about the idea of requiring a public vote on their traffic-enforcement methods.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. GiveItaRest says:

    It’s obvious we don’t want them, so just go with the Morris bill and be done with it.

  2. Pecksbadboy says:

    Thank you , Rep Morris, wish I could vote for you.

  3. hortonpeak says:

    Thanks Jeff. Now the worst intersections I have to navigate will become more dangerous should your bill pass. That said, I wonder. Why do folks want them gone? Could it be because that pesky law stuff gets in the way since their need to hurry somewhere is more important than mine. Don’t want a ticket – follow the traffic laws. Period.

  4. I also wish I could cast my vote for Rep.Morris instead of the poor excuse of voter representation that is in the district I reside in!Also I am surprised that Sen.Randi Becker would cap the fine at 124.00 dollars.Dosen’t she realize that all the cities in WA.are crying for more money? I think most of the city fathers could care less where the money comes from,as long as the method used is legal.

  5. It is really time to ban the cameras or at the very least let the voters decide.

    (something the camera companies don’t want!)

    Further, after the IIHS PHONY RLC Study where their “golden” city Chandler so called 79% “reduction” claim was called DISCEPTIVE! http://camerafraud.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/chandler-refuses-to-stand-behind-bogus-study/

    Quote: “As a matter of fact, quoting city officials, none of the Chandler intersection used in the IIHS study actually have photo enforcement scameras. ”

    Read more on IIHS PHONY RLC STUDY HERE:

    Part 1 http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/33/3392.asp

    Part 2 http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/33/3393.asp

    Fight the SCAM!

    Ban the CAMS!

    http://www.motorists.org
    http://www.camerafraud.com
    http://www.banthecams.com

    also see WA States own http://www.bancams.com to fight the SCAMERAS!

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