More On Bremerton’s Red-Light Cameras

It happens in the news biz. You’re working on a story and tell your editor it might be a little long, only to receive the wince/sigh combo that only means one thing. “Space is tight in tomorrow’s paper.”

I had a conversation with Bremerton attorney Stan Glisson, who made a few points that I I thought people might be interested in. The Interwebs have unlimited space, so I’ll write them here.

I called Glisson because he’d written a letter a while back defending Municpal Court Judge Jame Docter, and the way the tickets are adjudicated in court. That said, he’s not a fan of the camera systems.

Glisson isn’t involved in the lawsuit over the traffic cameras, but he isn’t surprised to see some legal action.

“The frustration level people have is very high,” he said.

He researched the law himself a couple months ago after getting a ticket in the mail. He received the ticket a couple of weeks after it caught his car driving through the intersection. We’ve reported before that some people get out of the tickets by testifying in court – under threat of perjury – that they weren’t driving the car, it was someone else.

Obviously this can happen with a family member, friend, etc. borrowing the car. But the delay between the alleged violation and the ticket in the mail can lead to doubt about whether you were in the car or not, Glisson said.

Can you remember what you were doing two weeks ago?

So while you have the option to contest the ticket that way, “an honest person won’t do that if they aren’t sure,” he said.

While he isn’t a fan of the cameras, his opinion is that the city is interpreting the RCW legally when it set the costs of the red-light cameras within the rates for parking tickets. Red-light tickets are $124, the priciest parking ticket is $250.

“That’s why I believe Bremerton is safe in this class action,” he said.

In addition, I got a PowerPoint file from Bremerton finance director Andy Parks that he’d shown the council. I’ve attached it here (now as a PDF so it’s easier for more people to read.)

Download it by clicking here.

3 thoughts on “More On Bremerton’s Red-Light Cameras

  1. I’d be interested in seeing how many handicap parking violations that Diamond Parking issues in Bremerton. Do they ever wait to check the driver to match up to the permit? I see shipyard workers & ferry riders park in standard spots and head off to work for the day,parking free on Washington Ave, Pacific Ave and 2nd. Sure they might issue a few to drivers who park in an actual limited time handicap spot but a disabled placard allows a driver to park for up to 24 hours in a standard spot. Its got nothing to do with safety, its all about raising cash

  2. The power point presentation you linked is preposterous. I would imagine that most high school students could do a better job putting together a power point presentation.

    Speaking of which ~ didn’t Redflex have a power point presentation which they used, to sell their camera system to the Bremerton City Council? Would it be possible to have a public showing of this presentation?

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