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Category: Traffic cameras


Traffic camera protests planned for Saturday

Photo enforcement protests

When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Fife: Pacific Highway East and 54th Avenue East.
Lacey: Pacific Avenue Southeast and Sleater-Kinney Road Southeast
Renton: Rainier Avenue and Southwest Grady Way
Bremerton: Kitsap Way and Marine Drive
Lynnwood: 196th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West
More information: www.bancams.com
Facebook: The group is here, the fan page is here.

Pete Chamberlain of Lakewood protests traffic cameras last month at State Route 512 and South Tacoma Way. (Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/The News Tribune)

To get the attention of passing drivers, Nick Sherwood covered his head with a giant cardboard box shaped like a traffic camera. A sign that hung from his neck said, “Will Flash For Ca$h.”

Nearby, others held signs with slogans such as “Honk if you hate cams” and “Safety before profit.”

Above them, they counted 11 photo-enforcement cameras that snapped away at passing vehicles in the intersection of State Route 512 and South Tacoma Way.

“We saw tickets being issued every minute, every time the light was changing,” said Tim Stocker of Tacoma, who was among two-dozen camera critics who staged their first protest last month in Lakewood. “They’d get caught in the wide intersection, because the traffic would pile up. Boom, there’s another” $101 ticket.

Saturday afternoon, protesters again will target cameras at five intersections in Western Washington. The protests are part of an organized effort to eventually get a statewide ban on the cameras, which aim to capture speeders or red-light runners. Read more »