Red Light camera at 165th NE and Bothell Way

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

According to Lake Forest Park police, the biggest complaint citizens have is about the speed of traffic and dangerous intersections, particularly on the state highways that run through the City.

In response to these concerns, the City is installing a safety camera at NE 165th Street and Bothell Way. This camera will issue citations to cars that travel illegally through the red light at the intersection.

Starting September 1, the system will issue warnings to violators.  On October 1, 2010, the system will begin to issue a Notice of Infraction to the vehicles identified as going through the red light.

Red light running is a problem.  Not only will this new program help the Police enforce and educate the public regarding traffic laws, particularly when it comes to running red lights, but it will also help prevent loss of lives, injuries and property. 

The goal of the program is to reduce red light running violations, and increase the safety of pedestrians and vehicles in the intersection.  This new program doesn’t change the current traffic enforcement - it adds to it.

A red light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.  Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, when waiting to turn for example, are not considered red light violators.

The red light cameras capture two images of the alleged violation.  The first image shows the vehicle at the stop bar on a steady red signal, and the second image shows the vehicle’s progression through the intersection on the same red signal.

For more information visit the City's website.


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