Red-light camera: If you can’t afford fine, don’t run red light

I read the article about possible implementation of red-light cameras at several Everett intersections and was pretty incensed at the comment that “someone earning minimum wage takes home less than the $124 fine in a day (“Everett considers red-light cameras, mostly south of 41st,” The Herald, Nov. 20).

One person told the council that if a person can’t pay the fine, then following penalties could accumulate and hurt their credit and their ability to get housing. “This issue is so … regressive, it is so punitive,” she said.

Well, the answer to a person not being able to afford the fine is very simple – pay attention and don’t run the blasted red light in the first place! One of the very first things taught in driver’s education class is “green means go, red means stop.” What other concept in this world is so simple to understand?

What is more important; a perpetrator’s credit rating or the health and safety of a possible victim of the criminal infraction? If a homeless person breaks in and robs your house, are we to let them off with a “don’t do it again” because they can’t afford to pay the penalty?

This is a sore point with me because I know a person who got their car totaled by a southbound red-light runner while driving west through the intersection of Casino Road and Evergreen many years ago. It took them years to overcome the mental trauma of that accident and would not wish that experience on anyone else. Therefore, I welcome the installation of red-light cameras wherever possible, and as soon as possible.

Fabian Borowiecki


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