Traffic cameras on ballot in 3 Washington cities

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Initiative activist Tim Eyman says voters of all political parties are supporting a backlash against red light cameras that automatically mail tickets to drivers.

Camera measures are on the November ballot in Longview, Bellingham and Monroe. Initiatives are gathering signatures in Redmond and Wenatchee.

Eyman started the movement in Washington last year when 71 percent of voters in his hometown of Mukilteo said they wanted to ban the cameras.

Eyman and other opponents say the main purpose of the cameras is to generate money for cities. Supporters say they reduce accidents.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/n6vRwC ) cameras at 21 intersections in the city brought in $4.8 million last year in ticket fines.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com