Van De Wege , Chapman, Wellman cry foul on Seattle crosswalk cameras

A trio of state lawmakers is uneasy that their constituents and other visitors to Seattle might unknowingly be recorded on camera violating a new law unlike any traffic laws outside the city limits. Beginning Jan. 1, Seattle will install cameras in up to 20 intersections and crosswalks to launch a pilot program to photograph vehicles that stop in a crosswalk. The infraction carries a $75 fine, though officials say first-time violators will receive a warning. Either notice would arrive by mail, since the cameras are automated and motorists may not even know they committed an infraction. “Seattle drivers will get used to this very quickly, but people who live outside the city  are unlikely to even know such a law exists,” said ...

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