Speeders beware: Automated radar cameras returning to I-5, I-90

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 8:00 PM

CENTRALIA, Wash. --  Drivers through Centralia next week need to slow down, or they can expect a ticket in the mail.

The state Department of Transportation is reinstating its radar-triggered camera starting Monday, April 3.

The camera sits on the dash board of an SUV. When a passing car tops the radar’s threshold (usually around 11 miles per hour over the posted limit), a digital camera snaps a picture of the car’s license plate.

A driver can expect to receive a $137 ticket and a copy of the photo.

The state began using the cameras in Lewis County in 2008 and 2009 as part of a pilot program.
After the DOT claimed the cameras resulted in slower speeds, lawmakers allowed the DOT to place them in work zones.

Scott Kober, who drives for a living, is skeptical.

“It’s about money,” said Kober from Bonney Lake. “You see it in school zones. It’s all about money.”

A DOT spokesperson said the money raised from the tickets only pay for enforcement.

The SUV will be along I-5 near Centralia until mid-May before moving to I-90 in Kittitas County.

The DOT said it has permission from the legislature to use the cameras in any work zone in the state, but Snohomish and Pierce counties have said they are not interested in using them.
 

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