Traffic camera glitch tickets thousands of Federal Way drivers

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 7:20 AM

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Traffic camera glitches are blamed for thousands of drivers being issued fines in Federal Way.

According to traffic report by the Federal Way Police Department, almost 10,000 traffic tickets were issued in School Zone Speed Enforcement areas. The minimum fine: $210.

Federal Way police said there were minor technical problems.

"The cameras didn't function without the flashing yellow lights functioning," said Commander Sam McCall.
The speed limit is 20 mph when the lights are flashing, 35 mph when they're not.

Drivers said they were going the speed limit but still ticketed.

“Fraud to me if you're issuing tickets that shouldn't be issued," said Matthew Jarvis, ticketed driver.

"I think it's not only a huge waste of my time but also the taxpayers," said Mel West, who was also ticketed.

West fought the ticket in court and like many before him that day, it was thrown out.

"Every ticket with the exception of one within a 30-minute window was dismissed," said West.
 
Federal Way police said the glitch was fixed several weeks ago. Still, drivers said it's too late for others that didn't fight their ticket.
 
"They collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from people that didn't deserve a ticket," said Robert Herron, ticketed driver.
 

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