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June 26, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Red-light cameras: Suit downplays severity of running reds

Fines appropriate for running reds

Are camera fines excessive [“Suit alleges red-light camera fines excessive,” NWThursday, June 25]? Not in light of the life-changing consequences of an intersection collision that could have been prevented if a driver had simply obeyed the red light and stopped. Fines ought to be way higher. It is well known that humans will change their behavior only in the face of noxious consequences; thus the purpose of the fine.

For example, as you drive King County’s streets, have you noticed how many people are disobeying the new (and toothless) mobile-phone-use law?

Instead of showering every jurisdiction in King County with a class-action lawsuit, red-light runners should simply operate their vehicles in a responsible manner. Everyone would be safer.

The only down side is attorneys wouldn’t have clients for their self-serving lawsuits.

— Paul Heins, Redmond

Running red lights more severe than parking wrong

Wouldn’t you consider a lawyer who would equate a parking ticket to running a red light a true mercenary?

— Loyal Moore, Bainbridge Island

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