Red Light Camera Fine A Hardship For Some

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Here is a study that found red light cameras can make driving more dangerous

Comes now, Bernice Lee of Bremerton, who through a series of events found herself on both sides of one of Bremerton’s most heated issues.

Here is her testimonial.

Dear Andrew,
I was composing in my mind an email to send to you about the importance of the red light enforcement program, and how it really could lead to saving lives.

Then I opened Tuesday’s mail and found my own letter from Bremerton Police Department. The picture shows my car on the crosswalk, and then the second picture shows my back wheels on the crosswalk.

There is a tiny white print band of black above each picture, so I got out my magnifying glass to read it. It gives a time lapse, and also my speed at the time my car “ran the red light.” Once I discovered where the intersection was, I remembered going through what I saw from my angle as a YELLOW light. I was going 22 mph, at 11th and Warren. The time lapse shows “00.24” seconds of red light time in the first picture and 00.86 in the next photo. Those 00. numbers are counting tenths of a second.

NOW I know why all those people are whining “foul.” I have not had any kind of a ticket for 14 years, and I am not a reckless speeder or careless about lights. As I look down Warren Street, now, I think the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on those cameras could have been more wisely spent on cleaning up the ugly weeds in the sidewalks and along the streets.

The place looks like an abandoned planet, and visitors ask me “what is wrong with Bremerton’s governement.” Now I know. Live and Learn. Since my income is Social Security and a little part-time job, I may plead “mitigating circumstances” to try to reduce the $124 fine, but I am not holding my breath.

Sincerely,
Bernice Lee

2 thoughts on “Red Light Camera Fine A Hardship For Some

  1. I do understand that there are technical issues with red-light cameras, and that Bernice may not have actually “ran a red light” – but how is poverty a “mitigating circumstance” to committing a traffic violation?

    I don’t know anyone, of any income level, who wouldn’t rather spend $124 on something besides a traffic ticket…

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