Drivers sue Washington cities over red light camera traffic fines

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of eight plaintiffs against 19 Washington cities saying that fines imposed against motorists who received “red light camera tickets” are excessive.

Washington State law requires infractions caught by the red light cameras to be equal or less than parking tickets. However, the plaintiffs are saying that fines of $101 or more are excessive.
The 19 cities named in the lawsuit include Auburn, Bonney Lake, Bremerton, Burien, Federal Way, Fife, Issaquah, Lacey, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Monroe, Moses Lake, Puyallup, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.

Cities install the red light cameras in school and construction zones and at intersections where there have been multiple car accidents. Anecdotal evidence shows that the cameras have proven to lower motor vehicle accidents at intersections where they have been installed. For example, at one intersection in Lacey, car accidents have been reduced from a high of 21 injury accidents at one intersection to one.

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