Brentwood demands changes to 'shameless' speed trap

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A community is demanding changes to what residents are calling a shameless speed trap. The speed camera in a school zone runs even when class isn’t in session, but that’s just the beginning.

The speed camera located in the middle of the downhill slope of a steep hill catches speeders right and left.

“When you are going downhill sometimes you are going a little faster than you think you are going, so to put a camera right there, it’s a trap,” says Sven Abu.

The speed limit on the stretch of 34th Street in Brentwood is 15 mph. Just a few yards away on the other side of the school in Mount Ranier it’s 25 mph. And until very recently, there was a sign right before the speed camera stating the speed limit is 15 mph when flashing, but a sign at the top of the hill says the speed limit is 15 mph seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“The hours should be amended to reflect when the children are actually out potentially in the streets,” says Jess Myhre.

Neighbors and motorists say all these conflicting and confusing sign have them angry, especially when you get several tickets.

Within the past few days, the city of Brentwood removed the flashing school zone sign to avoid confusion. Police say the speed limit is 15 mph in the school zone period, and if motorist don’t want to get ticketed, they should just slow down. Still, people who live and travel through the area call it a speed trap.

“We got a 25 mph here and let’s take a stop sign out, put a camera here and the sign that says 15 mph so we got you,” says Victor Rivas.