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Bill Addressing Traffic Safety Improvements Passes Both Chambers


The House Floor debated Senate Bill 5687, concerning certain traffic improvements, including authorizing the use of automatic traffic safety cameras in school walk areas. The bill passed the Senate 25-24 on February 9 and passed the House 55-42, which now makes its way to the Governor’s Office for an opportunity to be signed into law.

The Auburn City Council heard from city staff at this week’s study session regarding school zone safety cameras. Resolution No. 5651 is on the agenda for Monday’s city council meeting agenda. Should the city council pass this resolution, the Mayor would be authorized to sign an agreement for automated traffic safety camera equipment and services in school zones.


Watch the vote then continue reading to learn more about SSB 5687.

SB 5687 – 2021-22 Addressing certain traffic safety improvements.

Bill Information

SB-5687  Bill Information Page (link)

An act relating to certain traffic safety improvements. Original Bill (pdf)
Sponsors: Wilson, C., Liias, Billig, Das, Nguyen, Pedersen, Saldaña, Stanford
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.


Committee Materials

Original Bill (pdf)
Senate Bill Report (Orig.)
House Bill Analysis 2022
House Bill Report
Senate Bill Report

The bill analysis and bill report are prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

Brief Summary of Bill

Senate Bill Report Brief Summary

  • Allows jurisdictions to establish a 20-mph speed limit on nonarterial highways without first conducting an engineering and traffic investigation.
  • Requires pedestrians, when walking upon a roadway, to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any vehicle upon the roadway.
  • Expands the use of automated traffic safety cameras to detect speed violations on any roadway identified in a school walk area.

House Bill Report Brief Summary

  • Extends the authority to establish a maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour (mph) on a non-arterial highway from cities and towns to all local authorities, and from non-arterial highways in residential and business districts, to all non-arterial highways.
  • Authorizes the Washington State Department of Transportation to establish a maximum speed limit of 20 mph on a non-arterial state highway without making a determination based on an engineering and traffic investigation.
  • Requires a pedestrian to exercise due care when walking or moving along a roadway to avoid colliding with a vehicle.
  • Authorizes the use of automated traffic safety cameras to detect speed violations on roadways in school walk areas.

Available Video

Live video of legislative activity is available on TVW.  Links listed for meetings in the future will be linked to live meetings.  Video links take you off of the Auburn Examiner website to the TVW website.

Jan 18, 2022 Senate Transportation at 4:00 PM
Feb 3, 2022 Senate Transportation at 4:00 PM
Feb 25, 2022 House Transportation at 10:00 AM
Feb 28, 2022 House Transportation at 10:00 AM

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Unless otherwise noted, the above information was obtained from the official Washington State Legislative website. Future meetings are subject to change. Auburn representatives in bold.

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