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Old October 12th, 2017
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Default SeaTac, Washington Dumps Red Light Cameras

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Instead of dumping Redflex, the SeaTac, Washington city council decides to dump red light cameras entirely.

"...When it came time to ratify the deal on Tuesday, however, the council surprised the staff by deciding 4 to 3 to reverse course and pull the plug on the cameras for good.

A number of objections were raised during Tuesday's council meeting, including the possibility of unintended consequences from issuing 81 percent to out-of-town drivers in the home of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

"We had a bunch of emails from people when they saw this on the agenda," councilman Rick Forschler explained. "We rely on people coming from somewhere else to SeaTac for our economic development. If we annoy them to the point that they don't want to come here and they go somewhere else to stay in hotels, it's potentially impacting our economic development.""
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Old October 12th, 2017
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"The Council rejected 4 to 3 the city renewing red light cameras when the current contract expires at the end of this year."


"Siefkes said the cameras were nothing but a visitor’s tax since most tickets apparently go to out of towners.

“I’m against that,” he said, adding that if the city does sign a contract next year with the new vendor, it would cost $360,000 to get out of the five year agreement. It’s wrong for the city to have such a cost if it should change its mind.

Councilmember Peter Kwon said information online about the cameras is either marketing oriented or just people not liking the cameras. The pros or cons were based on either whether they produce revenue and whether public safety is enhanced. He said he could not find any city that operated cameras at a loss to improve public safety.

“It is all about the money, that is very clear,” Kwon said."

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