Seeing red, white and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror can make your heart drop to the pit of your stomach. You’re on the freeway and it didn’t feel like you were going over the speed limit, but you were. And now you’re about to get slapped with a speeding ticket. Not only will you have to pay for it, your insurance rates are going to go up. But there’s still that glimmer of hope that you can talk your way out of it.
Speeders on I-5 in Lewis County won’t have that privilege come Monday. A radar-triggered camera is being mounted in a construction zone along the interstate, and will work with a SUV parked nearby which will monitor the speeds of vehicles driving by. When someone speeds, the camera will snap a picture of their license plate and a $137 ticket could arrive in the speeder’s mailbox.
Alice Fiman of The Washington Transportation Department says that the camera is being installed to promote safe driving within the speed limits. This isn’t the first time that the system has been implemented. It was used on I-5 in Olympia in 2008 as well as 2009, and on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Drivers will be warned by signs that they are entering the camera zone.