Red light photo enforcement camera at Ballinger / Bothell Way goes lives Monday

Sunday, July 1, 2018

As part of the City of Lake Forest Park’s plan to help mitigate traffic safety concerns, address the increase in traffic volume on SR 522/Bothell Way NE, and improve pedestrian safety, a new traffic safety red light photo enforcement camera has been installed at the intersection of SR 522/Bothell Way NE and SR 104/Ballinger Way.
To comply with state law, “Photo Enforcement” signs have been posted in the area.

Travelers along the route are advised the cameras go live on Monday, July 2, 2018, and tickets will be issued following an initial 30-day grace period.

These systems are a safety measure designed to reduce and prevent speeding and collisions. Since its beginning in 2009, when cameras were installed in school zones, the goal of the program has been pedestrian safety in our school zones and collision reduction on SR 522.

The program is used as a force-multiplier, adding to the good behavior of drivers and enforcement capacity of the Police Department. The system enables Police Department staff, which is typically running at minimum levels, to perform other functions that address a wide range of public safety tasks.

It is important for citizens to know that photo enforcement violations do not get applied to their driving record. The violations are not recorded by the Washington State Department of Licensing.

As with a parking ticket, it does not matter who drives the vehicle, it's the registered owner who is responsible for the violation. This presumption may be overcome only if the registered owner states (before the court) that the vehicle involved was in control of some person other than the registered owner.


Anonymous,  July 6, 2018 at 6:19 PM  

It is an easy way to provide the city with an additional revenue stream, for nobody's voting to "raise taxes," and there's rarely proof provided of their need, e.g. accident reports. I doubt they'd ever do it, unless the state decides to legislate accountability, but someday they should publish a compilation of the revenues they're realizing from each of their fleet of traffic cameras, for what violation, and where those revenues are being spent; I know I have seen far fewer police cars in the city since they were first installed. While they're known as "red light cameras," I've heard that more money is made from folks not pausing long enough when making right turns on red, though for this intersection that shouldn't be an issue, as it has a yield on right. LFP has more of these cameras per acre than even Lynnwood. I'm not sure this is a good distinction.

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