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Speed cameras go awry but its not their fault

Post by Mike Archbold on Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm with 3 Comments »
January 26, 2011 2:30 pm

Speed cameras covering  the school zone in front of Pacific Avenue in front of Stewart Middle School were popping off  this morning upsetting motorists who didn;t know what they were doign wrong.

The lights on the  “SPEED LIMIT 20 WHEN FLASHING” were not flashing so motorists thought the  speed limit was th enormal 35 mph.

The cameras, however, were rigged for 20 mph. FLash! Flash!

One upset motoriosts e-mailed The News Tribune: “The city can’t have it both ways. You can’t give someone a ticket if the WHEN FLASHING sign isn’t on.”

Sorry, said  Tacoma Police Department spokesman Mark Fulghum, he said said the school had changed its operating hours and  didn’t inform the police who set the cameras. The schools sets the school flashing signs..

Chances are, motorists going too fast through the zone this morning will not get a ticket. ” Getting your picture snapped does not necessarily mean you will receive a violation notice,” he said. “It has to go through a process before a notice is sent out. ”

A police officer reviews each flash photograph to make sure there is a violation.

Fulghum said  reviewers were given a heads up Tuesday when police  first heard of the school’s hours change and they were reminded again today.  If someone gets a ticket, he suggested they contact Tacoma Municipal Court 253-591-5357.

Speed camera, Tacoma
Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. HMMM, so much for the scamera argument “if you don’t speed you have nothing to fear” OH YES YOU DO!

    Fight the SCAM!

    Ban the CAMS!


    Check out http://www.bancams.com who has info on Monroe petition drive to let the voters DECIDE!

  2. Kevindot1 says:

    I drove through this and saw the cameras flashing every car that drove through…probably including myself. I had better not get a ticket.

  3. drugfree says:

    an officer looks at the film after it is sent to one or the other
    ( utah or airzona) then the company that installs and services them will sort threw them ,and then send ones that look like violation back to be look at.and if you are fond guilty you will send the money for the fine out of state to there company.. they will take there cut and send whats left back to tacoma where it will make its way to the general fund…

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