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Lake Forest Park Photo Enforcement Speed Cameras...

You should never speed anyway, but anyone knows that there are two places you should know you will be caught speeding in:  Seattle Suburbs Brier WA and Lake Forest Park WA.  It is practically common knowledge for anyone living there or even driving through.  Well Lake Forest Park has come up with a great tool to make sure to keep would be speeders in check - cameras that video tape speeders in school zones.

From the City of Lake Forest Park WA website -

"Lake Forest Park launches photo enforcement program
to reduce speed violations in school zones

school-zone-sign.gif To increase pedestrian and vehicle safety in Lake Forest Park, the City is launching a new "photo enforcement program" aimed at reducing speed violations in school zones on NE 178th Street and 35th Avenue NE.

The cameras will operate between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. The cameras will monitor both directions of traffic in school zones. Only vehicles that exceed the school zone speed limit of 20 mph will be photographed and videotaped."

So there you have it!  Keep Lake Forest Park homes wonderful and keep our streets safe!

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Rhonda Rae

It would have been nice if they would have had it posted more clearly.  Most cities

law is lowering the speed limit "when children are present"  its 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm in LFP

which is unreasonable.  I got 2 tickets going the regular posted speed of 35 and I live in

Shoreline, both of my tickets were at around 2:00p.m when NO children were present.

The crappy thing is I never received the actual tickets in the mail only the "notice of delinquent

infraction"  The amount were $125 for each violation plus $25 late fees a piece.  I thought

it was strange when I got the first notice of delinquent infraction and then I knew something

was up when I just received another one today.  these were on 2 separate occasions but both

of them I never received the actual ticket.  This company thats handling these tickets is trying to

make more money by NOT mailing tickets so the violators cant mitigate them in court which is

unlawful and i'm attorney shopping tomorrow to start a class action lawsuit against the City of LFP

and the camera company.  I'm sure this has happened to MANY others so i'm asking that you blog here and we can all fight this together.

Nov 09, 2009 03:19 PM
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HI Rhonda - I have been hearing this from different sources lately.  Very interesting.

Nov 12, 2009 03:16 AM
Starr Connelly

The picture here of the school speed limit signs is different from the actual signs.  The picture here complys with state and federal standards however the actuals are far out of compliance.

The purpose of a traffic sign is to improve SAFETY. Therefore readability of a sign is essential. The readability of a sign depends on a few variables. They are: 1. the speed of the car 2. the distance away 3. the size and thickness of the lettering 3. how many words are on the sign and 4. length of the letter track line.

The school signs posted in LFP consist of a total of 20 words (per DOT count).  Per DOT, a driver can read 3 words/second.  With 20 words, this sign takes nearly 7 seconds to read.  That means a person must BEGIN reading it 300 feet before reaching the sign. 

But the lettering size on 9 words of the sign, (the time section) is so small that the words aren't even visible to drivers until they are 45 feet from the sign.  A car travels 44 feet in ONE second YET 3 seconds are required to read this line alone.

The purpose of traffic signs is to improve safety.  The current signs present difficulty to drivers struggling to read ill-conceived signs, thereby INCREASING the possibility of actually causing additional accidents rather than improving anything.

The signs need to be redesigned to comply with state and federal standards.  Signs that look exactly like the one placed on this page would do exactly that.  This is a standardized school speed limit assembly.  Anything else is putting us all at risk.

Jan 11, 2010 08:44 AM
Starr Connelly

Anyone wishing to discuss this may write me at:



Jan 11, 2010 08:48 AM

I propose we limit the speed limit anywhere in the city to 20 MPH.  If you disagree you obviously don't care about the safety of our children.   Furthermore, I propose we change our name to Speed Trap, WA, thereby warning drivers to slow down or, better yet, avoid our city altogether.  Again, if you disagree, you don't give a **** about the safety of our children.

I wonder, how many citizens expressed their concerns about the speed on 35th Ave NE and how does that number compare to the number of citizens who oppose the scameras?




Jan 26, 2010 08:16 AM