Eyman expects ripple effect of red light camera vote




Posted on November 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 3 at 5:49 PM

Initiative guru Tim Eyman says he expects the Mukilteo red light measure to spur other cities to push their own red light initiatives.

"We have already heard from citizens in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Puyallup and Tacoma," Eyman said Wednesday. "They are saying 'hey, we want to stop the cameras from going in our town.'"

Mukilteo are overwhelmingly passing a measure that would require a public vote for any red light or speed zone camera in the city. It also would limit fines to the least-expensive parking ticket which is $20.

While no cities that are considering the cameras have yet reconsidered because of the Mukilteo vote, the overwhelming vote against the cameras is perking the ears of many.

The City of Bellingham is planning to schedule public hearings on a proposal to add red light and speed cameras at six intersections. Eyman has been a vocal opponent of cameras in Bellingham too.

Bellingham City Councilman Michael Lilliquist says the Mukilteo vote will not affect what happens in his city.

"We are doing this for safety reasons only," he says.

Eyman says he is considering more initiatives to oppose the cameras.

"Voters are no different in any city," he says. "Anyone considering these cameras is going to remember what happened in Mukilteo."