Seattle Traffic-Cam Tickets May Not Impact Auto Insurance

Silver and black carsSeattle has a new plan to keep people from speeding — monitoring them with cameras. says that a van equipped with the camera most recently aimed to catch people who were going eight or more miles per hour above the speed limit.

Traffic camera program manager Mike Quinn told the news website that the police department wasn’t out to catch people going just over the speed limit.

He noted that driving excessively over the speed limit can make a huge difference in the event of an accident.

“Let’s say it’s a 10 mph difference in a collision with a pedestrian or bicyclist,” Quinn told the website. “That could be the difference between a broken leg and perhaps a fatality. Even small changes can make a big difference.”

Motorists being pulled over by police officers in the specially equipped van don’t have to worry about facing higher auto insurance premiums, the website reports; according to Quinn, the tickets issued through the use of the speed van “don’t appear on a violator’s driving record that’s reportable to insurance companies.”

Photo radar has been used by police in Seattle since 1996, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Seattle residents, however, aren’t the only ones subject to the technology. Use of such radar technology is seeing increasingly widespread adoption by law enforcement agencies.

Speed cameras were first put to use in the United States in the late 1980s.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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