Speed Cameras Raise Questions

The out basket: Paul Tucker has seen news stories about the possibility Bremerton will start speed enforcement with unmanned cameras, and put two and two together with my assertion a week or so ago that exceeding the speed limit by 3 to 8 miles per hour is safe because, among other things, the police don’t enforce the speed limit that stringently. If you’re right, he said, will that be factored into when the speed control cameras will take your picture, leading to a citation?


The out basket: Paul Tucker has seen news stories about the possibility Bremerton will start speed enforcement with unmanned cameras, and put two and two together with my assertion a week or so ago that exceeding the speed limit by 3 to 8 miles per hour is safe because, among other things, the police don’t enforce the speed limit that stringently. If you’re right, he said, will that be factored into when the speed control cameras will take your picture, leading to a citation?
He also wondered how the police will know who was driving and deserves the ticket.
The out basket: The cameras’ threshold speed is kind of a secret. Lt. Pete Fisher of Bremerton police, who is researching use of the cameras, said he would expect whatever speed will trigger the camera to be made public, if the city implements them. But It’s not clear that it will and way too early in the planning to have that kind of detail, he said.
Chief Mike Mitchell of Bonney Lake, which uses the cameras in school zones, wouldn’t tell Kitsap Sun reporter Steve Gardner what speed triggers theirs, but he hints there is a mile or two per hour give just due to variations in people’s speedometers.
These cameras seem to be mostly used in school zones, and I advocate observing the speed limit in those, since the fines are so high.
The city WON’T know who is driving. State law forbids taking the photo of anyone in the car. The car owners, who will get the citation, can try to prove they weren’t driving. That prohibition is probably why the citations don’t go on the car owner’s driving record.
Check out Steve Gardner’s detailed article on the speed and red light cameras proposed for use in Bremerton, in the Nov. 19 Kitsap Sun.

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