Pasco approves plan to install red light cameras

Pasco Police will soon have a new tool to help keep roads safer in the city.

City council this week approved the installation of red light cameras at two intersections known for being the site of accident caused by running red lights.

A private company will manage the cameras, to include mailing out tickets for those who run the lights.

For now, the cameras will be installed on Road 68 at Burden Boulevard, and Court Street at 20th. If the Pasco Police Department wants to add more enforcement cameras, council would have to approve the location of each.

“We have a dangerous intersection that is going to get more dangerous,” said Councilman Craig Maloney at Monday night’s meeting. “We’re building more houses, we’re building more commercial. Traffic will be increasing, it will not be decreasing.”

Council voted 5 to 1 to pass an ordinance allowing the red light cameras,.

“We want to put some parameters in place to ensure public safety, that our kids in school zones are safe. I understand that there’s accidents. I’m just not convinced at this point that the cameras are going to prevent accidents,” said Saul Martinez, who cast the lone dissenting vote.

The city will review the effectiveness of the cameras in about a year.

2 Comments on "Pasco approves plan to install red light cameras"

  1. Where is the data to demonstrate accident reduction in communities that have adopted red light cameras? Where is the data to show the revenue received by system’s vendor and the city? Lynnwood, WA is an example where they installed a large number of cameras, produced significant revenue for the city/vendor, and experienced virtually NO reduction in intersection accidents.(This was initial three years; performance may have improved)
    That said…Pasco and Tri-Cities in general have a significant problem with drivers who do not full stop for stop signs and who run red lights. I’m just not convinced red light cameras are the answer. I do, however, like speed cameras for school zones. I have seen this work and is an opportunity to protect the most vulnerable among us.

  2. William Lynner | August 12, 2018 at 8:16 AM |

    On the surface this sounds like a great idea, however Google the term “short yellow lights” and see what comes up.

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