This month Bellevue, WA police have started using school zone speed cameras to give out speeding tickets and traffic tickets. The city of Bellevue installed cameras Lake Hills elementary school and Stevenson elementary school, Bellevue drivers were cited with 522 tickets in the previous year at these two locations.
The program started on September 2nd and will give out warnings for the first 30 days. After October 1, the City of Bellevue will give out a City of Bellevue Speeding Ticket for each driver that is over the 20 mph speed limit. These Bellevue traffic tickets will run $124.
Additionally, two Puget Sound school districts will begin to attach cameras to school buses. The cameras will catch drivers who are passing the bus when lights are flashing and when kids are crossing the streets.These tickets will run $394!
On one hand this may improve safety for the City of Bellevue School children, on the other hand the increasing use of cameras to monitor the general public seems disturbing in the City of Bellevue. We all want our school children to be safe, but is mounting cameras at all these sites really a good idea for individual freedom. These measures may make Bellevue drivers a little more cautious, but the City of Bellevue is moving from using police officers to enforce laws to using camera monitoring of our communities.