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May 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Mukilteo group goes to court for traffic-camera vote

Posted by Letters editor

No questions about photo enforcement

We would like to respond to “Group goes to state court over vote on traffic cameras” [NWThursday, May 26].

We don’t see how there could be any question about photo enforcement. As far as we see it, the safety cameras do nothing but make our roads safer for people inside and outside of the vehicle. This technology is a safety tool and an asset to any community.

Every year, speeding-related crashes are the cause of 13,000 deaths in the United States. Similarly, red-light running leads to 165,000 injuries and over 700 fatalities every year.

Safety cameras make people think twice before they drive in an irresponsible and dangerous manner and that’s a great thing. We cannot wait for more fatal crashes to pile up before we start to crack down on people who put others in danger. These cameras increase safety and we welcome them in our community and everywhere else that they would make a difference.

— Paul and Sue Oberhauser, Washington, D.C.

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