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
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,”
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.