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September 18, 2014 at 6:04 AM

School speeding cameras: Find better safety measures

I recently read that more cameras are being installed to catch speeders in school zones [“5 more Seattle schools get cameras to spot speeders,” Local News, Sept. 1]. I have never received such a ticket, but I live on Education Hill in Redmond and know many who have, which is fine by me.

The issue I have with excess police resources and, especially, cameras is neither actually help save children. Drivers who do not reduce their speed from the normal limit in a school zone might not be doing so on purpose. They might be distracted, going the normal speed limit and do not realize they have entered yet another “active” school zone.

Certainly, there are substantially fewer speeders in school zones with a blinking yellow light. These lights save children in real time, so why not have one at every school zone? It would be no more expensive than cameras and police resources.

Therefore, the only logical explanation for the cameras is the income derived from ticket fines. We should concentrate on the children’s immediate safety and find another way to fill the government coffers. Blinking yellow lights do slow people down. Cameras and tickets? Kids or cash? Get your priorities straight.

Robb Turner, Redmond

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