Washington city reconsidering traffic-enforcement cameras

(Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The city of Everett is reconsidering whether to install traffic-enforcement cameras, which was first considered 10 years ago.

The Everett Herald reports the council’s public safety committee is studying the proposal for red-light cameras.

The cameras take photographs of rear license plates and record short videos before police review footage and mail fines for infractions.

City Councilor Brenda Stonecipher has revived the initiative to install cameras, which was authorized in 2009 as a $2 million, five-year contract for seven cameras.

The city’s public works director says the city lost interest after the project was delayed due to a legal challenge in King County Superior Court.

Council staff have highlighted a study that found cities with cameras experienced 21% fewer fatal collisions caused by running a red light.