Washington State using automated cameras to fine work zone speeders

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Together with the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation launched a pilot project this month utilizing automated speed enforcement cameras to cite motorists driving too fast through construction work zones. The first camera is in use in the Interstate 5 work zone south of Chehalis.

The automated traffic safety cameras are mounted in a small sport utility vehicle parked next to the highway. When in use, the camera records the rear license plate of vehicles speeding through the work zone. A $137 citation then is mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.