As the Longview Police Department send a reminder that the warning period for the Red Light Violation Detection Cameras will soon be over, opponents of the cameras are announcing their plans to contest the devices. Longview Police Captain Jim Duscha says that starting next Tuesday, February 1st, they’ll start issuing $124 tickets for each violation detected by the cameras. The cameras are located on Ocean Beach HIghway at 15th Avenue, NW Nichols, and on all directions 38th and Ocean Beach. Duscha says that the cameras went active on January 1st, and through the 18th of this month, had registered more than 300 violations, with warnings sent to the owners of those cars. He also says that they have another 100 violations to review, with less than seven days left in the warning period. Prior to this evening’s Longview City Council meeting, a group plans to demonstrate outside of the Longview City Hall, starting a petition drive for “Longview Initiative Number 1–Let the People Decide on Red Light Cameras.” Supporters of the initiative say that they plan to gather signatures and distribute petitions, then will hand-deliver letters to the City Council during tonight’s meeting, explaining their policies, logistics and rationale for the effort. The demonstration is set to start at 6 pm, while the Council meeting starts at 7.
Meanwhile, the 30-day warning period for the School Zone Speed Limit Detection cameras starts next Tuesday outside of Columbia Valley Gardens and Mint Valley Elementary Schools. Unlike the Red Light Cameras, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the School Zone cameras will only be active during school hours, and will not operate after school hours, on weekends, holidays or summer vacation. Full details on the program are available on the City of Longview website, or by calling Longview Police at 442-5800.