Title 16A Transportation
Chapter 16A.64 Automated Traffic Camera Systems
The use of automated traffic safety cameras is authorized for issuance of notices of infraction for violations regarding obedience to traffic control devices for stoplights at two-arterial intersection and school speeding zones and is subject to the following requirements:
Use of automated traffic safety cameras is restricted to two-arterial intersections and school speeding zones only.
Automated traffic safety cameras may only take pictures of the vehicle and vehicle license plate and only while an infraction is occurring. The picture must not reveal the face of the driver or of passengers in the vehicle.
A notice of infraction must be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle within fourteen days of the violation, or to the renter of a vehicle within fourteen days of establishing the renter's name and address under SMC 16A.64.240(B). The law enforcement officer issuing the notice of infraction shall include with it a certificate or facsimile thereof, based upon inspection of photographs, microphotographs, or electronic images produced by an automated traffic safety camera, stating the facts supporting the notice of infraction. This certificate or facsimile is prima facie evidence of the facts contained in it and is admissible in a proceeding charging a violation under this chapter. The photographs, microphotographs or electronic images evidencing the violation must be available for inspection and admission into evidence in a proceeding to adjudicate the liability for the infraction. A person receiving a notice of infraction based on evidence detected by an automated traffic safety camera may respond to the notice by mail.
The registered owner of a vehicle is responsible for an infraction under SMC 16A.64.270(A) unless the registered owner overcomes the presumption in SMC 16A.64.270(B), or, in the case of a rental car business, satisfies the conditions under SMC 16A.64.240(B). If appropriate under the circumstances, a renter identified under SMC 16A.64.240(B)(1) is responsible for an infraction.
Pursuant to RCW 46.63.170(1)(f), notwithstanding any other provision of law, all photographs, microphotographs, or electronic images prepared under this section are for the exclusive use of law enforcement in the discharge of duties under this section and are not open to the public and may not be used in a court in a pending action or proceeding unless the action or proceeding relates to a violation under this section. No photograph, microphotograph or electronic image may be used for any purpose other than enforcement of violations under this section nor retained longer than necessary to enforce this section.
All locations where an automated traffic safety camera is used must be clearly marked by placing signs in locations that clearly indicate to a driver that he is entering a zone where traffic laws are enforced by an automated traffic safety camera.
Date Passed: Monday, June 29, 2015
Effective Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
ORD C35272 Section 2