Public meeting to be held on red light cameras

Here’s your chance to have your say about right light cameras. The city will be hosting a community outreach meeting about the red light and speed zone cameras.

It comes after City Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke raised concerns about the program earlier this year.

“What I’m hearing from folks, both inside and outside of Lynnwood, is people don’t have a positive feeling about red light cameras,” she said in April. “We’ve had a lot of folks who have written to us, saying ‘we will no longer come to Lynnwood; we won’t shop in Lynnwood.’”

Lonergan-Dreke believes red light cameras run contrary to the city’s visioning statement of creating a welcoming, friendly city.

Camera opponents question whether the cameras are more about revenue than safety – a claim rejected by police officials.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. There will be a presentation followed by an opportunity for public comments.

There are right light cameras installed at eight intersections throughout the city, as well as speed cameras near two school zones.

  1. Personally I think they ARE all about revenue rather than safety… and hate even going thru these intersections! One slow driver in front of you mid-intersection and you’re $crewed! 

  2. I’ve lived in Lynnwood or just outside the city limits for 15 years now.  Personally, I feel safer since the cameras came in.  People used to fly thru red lights all over Lynnwood.  Since the cameras, not nearly as much. 

    I think the cameras SHOULD be used to generate revenue.  I’d rather we collect fees from law-breakers than having to raise taxes on the citizens of Lynnwood. 

    The letters the councilwoman refers to are simply part of a Tim Eyman campaign against the cameras.  No one determines their shopping patterns based on which cities have red light cameras and which do not.  If someone wants to buy something at Nordstrom they can go to Lynnwood, Seattle or Bellevue — all have red light cameras.  It’s pretty hard to avoid cities that have cameras. 

    The complainers are just a bunch of people who don’t like the fact that they’ve been caught breaking the law. Cry me a river…

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