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Tag: Red Light Cameras


Lawmakers won’t debate traffic cameras

Bills to standardize the traffic cameras that are sprouting up all over the state died for lack of a House or Senate floor vote today. The causes of death were slightly different in the two chambers.

The bills contained relatively modest changes, but the House has plenty of opponents of cameras, and they were poised to try to load up Tacoma Rep. Connie Ladenburg’s bill with a series of tougher restrictions, including putting the machines to local votes.

“It just kind of got bogged down,” House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said.

Over in the Senate, amendments to Eatonville GOP

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Traffic camera bills advance, without requirements for vote of people

The state House and Senate are both moving ahead with efforts to standardize cities’ use of traffic cameras, but a push to give voters a veto over cameras has so far been thwarted.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday defeated an attempt to require local voters to approve cities’ plans to install cameras. Other bills calling for local votes or an outright ban on cameras are falling by the wayside and appear unlikely to meet a Friday deadline to move forward.

The committee by a 17-9 vote approved House Bill 1279, introduced by Rep. Connie Ladenburg at the

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New on SoundInfo: Red light camera locator map

Check out the latest addition to SoundInfo, our collection of news apps and interactive resources: A map showing red light and school zone enforcement cameras in South Sound.

The map visualizes the proliferation of photo enforced traffic zones we’ve been reporting for the last several years as they’ve gone live in Lakewood, Tacoma, Auburn, Puyallup, Fife, Federal Way and Lacey. City officials justify them as a low-cost way to improve traffic safety. But critics see them as intrusive cash cows – the high-tech version of a speed trap. Tim Eyman is supporting a local initiative to limit their use

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