Edmonds City Council set Feb. 7 to consider use of traffic cameras in school zones

The Edmonds City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 7 business meeting is scheduled to discuss a proposal by the Edmonds Police Department to deploy automated traffic safety cameras in city school zones and school walk areas.

The measure calls for the installation of five such cameras citywide.

Other items on the council agenda include:

– Reviewing a proposal to create a new process for making minor amendments to the city’s development code.

– Authorizing Mayor Mike Nelson to sign an intergency agreement with the Washington State Department of Commerce for a fiscal year 2023 planning grant. The agreement “primarily covers work related to the Comprehensive Plan Equity and Climate Gap Analysis and Everyone’s Edmonds community visioning process, and would allow the city to be reimbursed for consultant assistance that occurred earlier in FY2023,” the council agenda memo states.

– A project update on the city’s wastewater treatment plant carbon recovery process.

– A debrief on the city council’s Jan. 27 retreat.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can join the meeting virtually via Zoom at this link: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or you can access by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.

Regular council meetings beginning at 7 p.m. are streamed live on the Council Meeting webpage, Comcast channel 21 and Ziply channel 39.

Prior to its 7 p.m. business meeting, the council will meet at 5:45 p.m. in executive session, closed to the public, to discuss pending or potential litigation and collective bargaining strategy.



  1. Traffic cameras around school zones is money well spent. The lack of speed compliance in many areas of Edmonds is disheartening. 35 in residential areas is the norm. Lake Forest Park has nailed speed compliance around schools. . They have cameras with clearly visible signage and it works. Drive by Brookside Elementary in Lk Forest Park as an example, there’s clear in your face warnings it’s a school and camera zone.

  2. Starts with School Zones, then moves to all intersections in the name of safety. Just look at Lynnwood, for example. They admit that it’s a revenue source that they can’t do away with. The intersections are no safer with cameras then not.

    1. Agree with Scott. Even where we have them I still see vehicles running red lights, and no decrease in those running red lights. I dont know if Edmonds PD is reviewing/writing tickets but if so my observation does not show a decrease in this behavior. Help!!

  3. Traffic cameras around Edmonds is money poorly spent. In discussions with Edmonds Police officials they confirmed that there have been ZERO accidents around these 3 school zones that involve students over the past decade. The City Council should not follow Lynnwood in making automated infractions income that now has expanded into red-light cameras, no right on red cameras, and who knows what’s next. The Edmonds police have the ability to conduct emphasis patrols during school times when students are present and write the tickets instead of viewing film of Edmonds residents from their office. This action will decrease the incidents when someone may be over the speed limit. Also it is important to note that the Texas based technology company that has proposed this move collects a significant portion of the ticket cost and is the same firm Lynnwood uses. Edmonds does not need this and we will be testifying strongly against any implementation of this idea in our city at the Tuesday City Council hearing (7PM).

  4. Hum. I don’t see much speeding on 212th as often students are present. I do see speeding on the side streets surrounding the Woodway HS. However there are no stop lights in these spots. I see speeding on 220th but usually heading W towards the bowl area of Edmonds and 100th. Again only stop lights I think are at 99 and 76th and then not until 100th. People are correct when they say that really only one car runs a red light. The rest of us are waiting behind ha. So maybe it isn’t stop lights we need to monitor but stop signs. So how do we do that? Reader boards will probably be treated poorly, just a guess. I think maybe on 99 N and S they might be useful in many ways. They do read plates. I can see the good and I can see the bad here. BUT if you do put them in be sure that yellow light is long enough to get thru before turning RED. Thank you.

  5. After listening to the Edmonds City Council meeting tonight I realized they were not talking about LIGHTS. So I absolutely want protection for children and all walkers here in Edmonds. Knowing as it was explained at council tonight, what the plans are I think they are more than warranted. I don’t see West Gate etc. Only here. We did a long time ago have that camera on red lights as once I got a ticket. I was traveling normal speed E on 220th and reached the light on 99. I was the second car and the car in front went thru on green as did I but it quckly turned to yellow. SO that is what I meant by a longer yellow ha. SO yes.. All the help we can get in all of Edmonds for reckless and speeding drivers would be a great thing. Thank you for explaining this during the meeting. Deb. I don’t have children but I really love children! XO

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