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Wenatchee Prevails in Red Light Camera Court Challenge

May 20, 2011

Wenatchee’s

red light cameras cannot be challenged by voters through the initiative process. That was ruling handed down today

by Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges following a three hour hearing. Bridges’ ruling affirms the

City’s contention that the ordinance adopted by the City Council in 2009 implementing the automated traffic

cameras is immune from the State’s initiative process.

The City had challenged actions by local activist,

Matt Erickson to put the red light camera law before voters this fall. Erickson will still be allowed to collect

signatures but the Judge’s order prevents him from submitting the signed petitions with the City or the County for

verification. Erickson, replete in his minuteman costume, represented himself in the proceedings. He said

afterwards that he was undecided about what direction he’ll go now

Erickson says he plans to continue

collecting signatures pending a State Supreme Court ruling in connection with a similar case involving red light

cameras in Mukilteo.

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