Lynnwood City Council will discuss red light cameras tonight

A discussion about Lynnwood’s red light and school zone photo enforcement system is on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting.

Lynnwood police officials will brief the Council on the program. Council members also will decide on a change to the ordinance that would require school zone camera signs to include messages that indicate the speed limits will be in effect “when lights are flashing.” In the past some drivers have complained that the lights were flashing even when school was not in session.

As we reported earlier this month, Councilman Mark Smith will be “advocating for much lower fines, for better signage, particularly in the school zones, and to return us to the original purpose of those red light cameras which was safety not revenue.”

The red light cameras are proving to be a strong revenue generator for the city. According to the Everett Herald, “they’ve already raised $2.2 million this year through May. That’s more than what Lynnwood made on the cameras for all of last year.”

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