Red light camera opponents act in Monroe, Longview

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MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) -- Red light camera opponents in Longview and Monroe submitted initiatives Monday against the automatic traffic ticketing system.

If approved, the Monroe initiative would require the city to remove its cameras and ask for voter approval before installing more.

The Longview initiative would overturn the city council's approval and require a public vote.

The measures are inspired by initiative activist Tim Eyman who is pushing similar measures in Wenatchee, Bellingham and Redmond. Mukilteo voters in Eyman's home town approved his initiative last year, but the measure is still in court.

Eyman says cities use the ticketing system for revenue. Supporters say red light cameras improve safety at intersections.