LFP Mayor: Reminder – Speed Zone Cameras Active on NE 178th Street

Saturday, June 29, 2024

LFP Mayor Tom French
The Lake Forest Park City Council has approved two new speed zone cameras for NE 178th Street near Brookside Elementary School. This action continues the city’s commitment to increase pedestrian and multimodal safety, especially near schools.

In a cost-saving measure, existing school zone cameras were reconfigured to work at all times, enforcing the posted 25 mph speed limit. Once school resumes in September, the speed limit monitored by these cameras will continue to be 20 mph during school times (when the warning light is flashing) and 25 mph at all other times.

From data collected from the school zone cameras, the city knows that those cameras are effective at getting drivers to reduce their vehicle’s speeds in that area: re-offenders accounted for only 9% of the issued citations.

These two cameras began recording speeds on June 3, 2024, with warnings being provided to speeding motorists. Warnings will continue to be provided until July 15, 2024, when citations will start being issued.

Please, give our students and other residents on foot, bicycle or scooter a break and slow down.

- Mayor Tom French, Lake Forest Park


Cindy F,  June 29, 2024 at 6:12 AM  

We really need these cameras in North City in Shoreline! The recent pedestrian fatality at NE 18oth and 15th NE who was in the crosswalk demonstrates how much danger there is for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists. That crosswalk is barely identified as such. The paint is faded. I live in this area and am nearly killed trying to get to the store and bus stops - this is not an exaggeration. I stopped driving here and am reluctant to use Lyft. It has been documented a ONE DAY traffic count between NE 175th and NE 180th is 15,000 to 18,000 vehicles! Speeding is a major component. Many drivers are not yielding on right and left turns at these intersections. I bought a very brink pink safety vest following the pedestrian fatality and it doesn't help at these intersections. The City of Shoreline is failing us in North City and other areas. Mountlake Terrace and Lake Forest Park have stepped up their safety measures. The City of Shoreline has ignored our pleas for help in North City and across the city.

Anonymous,  June 29, 2024 at 8:11 PM  

Hurray! Voluntary taxation! Let's see more of this throughout the area - since so many people are not bothering to renew their car tabs but they are still using the infrastructure we need more ideas to fine individual scofflaws rather than all us law-abiding, tax-paying residents.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2024 at 10:01 AM  

@1 Was the pedestrian fatality a result of speeding? It didn't sound like it, so your solution would have done nothing to help with that. Why use this example to argue for cameras?

@2 I agree - people should get a ticket if they go 26 in a 25 zone - no excuses. We should all drive around doing several miles under the speed limit just in case we make a mistake. And, things will get even better when LFP makes more roads 20 mph. We should have our lives monitored and regulated by cameras even more.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2024 at 7:30 PM  

Lake Forest Park voted for this. I got a ticket at 26 so I slowed down, I got a ticket at 21 so now I go 17. The cars pile up behind me and some illegally pass me, even in the school zone. I've decided not to spend any money in the municipality of LFP, they got enough of my money.

Anonymous,  July 4, 2024 at 9:18 PM  

As a cyclist, I'm just fine going down 178th. Haven't had many issues. In fact, I'm often going faster than the cars since it's mostly a brisk downhill. Last time I went down that way, I clocked a very easy 28MPH on the flashy speed sign. Peace out slow-pokes!

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