Tag Archives: camera

Hey, where’s Bremerton’s ferry holding area camera?

The in basket: Marty Miller e-mailed me a copy of Washington State Ferries’ map at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/cameras/pop_cam_map.cfm, showing where it has cameras producing images of the holding areas at its terminals, allowing people to get some idea how many vehicles are waiting to board. He noted that Bremerton doesn’t have one and asked when it will get one.

The out basket: It does have one, says Susan Harris-Heather of the WSF public affairs office. You can see the images from all the terminals online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/cameras/  and Bremerton is included.

She said she’ll notify the system’s Web techs of the omission from the Web site Marty checked and get a camera icon for Bremerton added to it.

‘Stop on Red’ at OC signal for how long?

The in basket: Art Malgapo says he and his wife regularly debate the correct thing to do when they come to a red light on Warren Avenue at 16th Street at Olympic College in Bremerton, and want to turn right. A sign there says ‘Stop on Red.’ It’s one of the intersections where a camera catches red light violators.

He asks if a driver in that situation should  “make a complete stop then make a right turn when the traffic coming from Olympic College is green, or make a complete stop and wait for the light to turn green while listening to those drivers behind you honking their horns. 

“I know someone who recently got a ticket for making a right turn after stopping when the ‘Stop on Red’ light is on. What do you think?”

The out basket: Lt. Pete Fisher of Bremerton police says choice A is the correct answer. “The sign was meant to make it clear to motorists that they must stop on red (We were getting a large number of people on the camera who were not stopping prior to making their turn. We wanted to try to reduce the number of violations with this sign).  

“Once they have stopped, then they can proceed to make a right on red when traffic permits,” Pete said. They needn’t wait for the light to turn green.

I think the only reason a right turner would get a ticket there would be rolling through the turn, and not stopping completely. It’s the most common infraction caught by the red light cameras.

If it really is merely for turning on red, I think the person should inquire about the reasons. 


Driver not seeing flashes from the red light cameras


The in basket: Dave DuBois wonders if all of Bremerton’s red light cameras are working.

“I haven’t seen any of them flash in quite some time,’ he said, “and while I can’t say for the other cameras, the one at Marine Drive and Kitsap Way has not been functional for several weeks. 

“I observed that first hand on Friday (July 17) as we sat at the signal, waiting to turn left onto Kitsap Way. Due to the first driver in line being asleep, the left-turn light changed right after he finally went through and the two cars in front of me went through after the light turned red and there was no flash from the camera. 

“I have to wonder if Bremerton  turned them off due to the lawsuit pending about the amount being charged – like they did the first time someone challenged them after being ticketed when the tattle-tale lights were installed.”

And Willa Dean Howell phoned to ask, “What nine intersections have cameras?”

The out basket: Willa has the number of intersections confused with the number of cameras. There are nine cameras, two each at 11th and Warren, 16th and Warren (at the college), Sylvan and Wheaton and Kitsap Way and Marine Drive, and one at 11th and Callow.

For some reason, the state law permitting camera enforcement limits use of the cameras to only two directions per intersection., 

Lt. Pete Fisher, the city police traffic lieutenant, without getting into detail, says “All of the cameras are working.  My guess is that this occurred while the system was being checked and/or maintained.”

Dave’s eyes must be better than mine (Whose aren’t?) I’ve never seen one of the cameras flash.

Hood Canal Bridge camera isn’t working

The in basket: Fred Ficarra writes, “I wanted to see the work on the Hood Canal Bridge. No way. Cam is dead. I went to the other cams where work is being done such as I-90. All are off! What gives. Is the State afraid of documenting something and losing a claim?

The out basket: Becky Hixson, communications manager for the bridge project, says, “The power and connectivity to the (regular) cameras on the bridge comes from the east side of the bridge and had to be cut during the bridge replacement project. 

“We installed two cameras on the east end of the bridge but there is limited ability to transfer data over the network at the job site.  So instead, we are taking clips from the best part of the work and putting them up on www.HoodCanalBridge.com Flickr pages.” 

I found them by clicking on Construction Photos and Video Clips at that site.

“We are doing our best to share this amazing project with you,” Becky said.

Jamie Swift of the state’s public relations office, said all the I-90 cameras appear to be working normally.

“We are doing our best to share this amazing project with you,” Becky said.

Jamie Swift of the state’s public relations office, said all the I-90 cameras appear to be working normally.