The House Transportation Committee already held a hearing this week on HB1793 (its counterpart in the Senate is SB5789) which greatly expands the automated policing scope of red-light cameras. The number of ticketing actions that could be performed by red-light cameras if passed, include:
Railroad crossing violations
Stopping when Traffic Obstructed Violations
Stopping at Intersections (blocking the box) or blocking crosswalk violations
Transportation-only (Bus or Bike) lanes
Stopping/standing/parking violations at locations restricted for emergency response vehicle entry or exit, and boarding/disembarking of public transportation vehicle (including ferries).
In addition to the NMA objections to red-light cameras noted on the legislative alert page linked above, consider expressing concern about the mission creep of red-light cameras into all aspects of intersection (and surrounding area) activity. It may be debatable whether greater volumes of ticketing improve safety but it isn’t a question that issuing more violations makes the camera operation more profitable. Is that what enforcement has become, a profit center?”
We recommend that you consider redrafting a statement in your own words for a more powerful message to send to your state representatives.
Thank you for your support of motorists’ rights in Washington State!