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August 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Eyman's red-light camera debate unites voters

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Cameras have ‘worked a miracle’

The red-light cameras are at only a few intersections in my neighborhood, but they have worked a miracle and have been amazingly effective at returning the community to safe driving norms [“Eyman, red-light camera foes unite,” page one, Aug. 29].

I live in the Columbia City neighborhood. A few years ago, driving in Southeast Seattle was becoming increasingly terrifying. In the two miles between my home and my kids’ elementary school, I would see drivers running red lights, typically several times a week, sometimes a couple times in a day. And not just slipping through at the end of a yellow — this was full-on blowing through an already red light.

I remember feeling that the social contract was falling apart. One time I saw a big wreck.

My kids are now young teenagers who cross the streets a lot to get to public transit, and soon will be driving themselves.

Red-light cameras make my neighborhood safer.

I would hate for Tim Eyman’s initiative to be successful and to see the cameras go away.

— Maggi Johnson, Seattle

Cameras help people slow down, think

After reading your article concerning Tim Eyman and BanCams.com, please do the world a favor and quit giving these crybabies the press they don’t deserve.

Complaining about privacy issues, what privacy issue? They are driving on public streets, breaking public laws. The cameras take a picture of their car and license plate, not of them talking on cellphones, putting on makeup, eating, reading, etc.

If someone was to run a red light and run into one of these crybabies, I will bet you a dollar they’re not concerned about that person’s privacy issues.

As far as being a money cow for the cities, if you obey the law, there is no ticket, hence, no fine.

Yellow lights mean, “slow down and prepare to stop,” not speed up and try to beat the light.

I have been caught twice by cameras. One was a warning and the second I paid the fine, but I fully support the idea of cameras. It makes people think and maybe slow down.

— Gordon Knuth, Seattle

Laws on the books for reason

I’ll never understand the vehement resistance by many to red-light cameras at intersections — in Mukilteo and elsewhere.

If one is not breaking the law running a red light (possibly with cellphone in hand), one’s picture will not be taken. Seems simple. Impatient scofflaws with superiority complexes are the only ones who will be penalized. So?

It seems likely the effect of the mere presence of the cameras would save some lives (and would have saved some in the past). Excellent! And so much the better if it brings in some revenue for strapped local governments at the same time.

Tim Eyman, of course, regularly makes personal bucks by leading resistance for people who can be convinced that they somehow are victims.

Laws are on the books for a purpose, generally public safety and well-being. And one of the biggest problems is being able to afford enforcing them.

— Tom Camfield, Port Townsend

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What angers me about many of the red-light cameras in Bellevue? Cameras are not posted by a sign. If this was truely about safety then why would...  Posted on August 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM by woolymammoth. Jump to comment
We have to decide whether people run robots or robots run people. I haven't gotten a ticket in 15 years, but anyone who looks at the data and...  Posted on August 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM by Saint Crispy. Jump to comment
@SeatteBlue - I neither run red lights nor tailgate. I don't even like Tim Eyman or the fact that this initiative is really about Eyman...  Posted on August 31, 2011 at 1:25 PM by concorde2. Jump to comment

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