WA Senate approves speeding cameras for Seattle


OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Seattle drivers might want to ease up on the gas pedal, because state lawmakers are thinking about giving the city cameras to catch speeders.

The plan would allow Seattle to use remote cameras to snap pictures of speeders. Drivers would be mailed a ticket if they're caught in the act.

Police cameras already can issue some traffic tickets in Washington. But right now, those cameras can only be used to watch stoplights, railroad crossings, or school speed zones.

Under the expanded bill, Seattle could also use the cameras for monitoring speed on arterial city streets.

The Senate narrowly approved the speeding camera bill on Saturday. It still needs to get the House's endorsement, and Gov. Chris Gregoire's signature to become law.