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Mayor Durkan Celebrates Washington State House’s Passage of “Block-the-Box” Legislation, Calls on Senate to Follow Suit and Pass Law

Legislation Would Help Seattle Improve Access to Transportation for All Residents & Manage Congestion through Automated Traffic Enforcement Cameras 

SEATTLE (April 15, 2019) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement celebrating the Washington State House of Representative’s 57-41 passage of legislation, ESHB 1793, which adds block-the-box and transit-only lane violations to the list of violations that Seattle can enforce with automated cameras. Mayor Durkan also called on leaders in the Washington State Senate to follow suit and vote to approve the legislation. It would then go to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature.  Mayor Durkan’s statement:

“As we tackle the Seattle Squeeze together and keep building a city of the future, this is a long-overdue step in helping ensure transit, people, and goods can move through our city quickly and safely.  

“With this law in place, the City of Seattle could do more to expand access to transportation for all users, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, ensure more reliable transit, and manage congestion. It will also free up resources to allow Seattle Police Department officers to address other public safety needs in our city, and reduce the significant risks they face when enforcing our traffic laws.  

“I am grateful to the broad coalition of  transportation, disability rights and safety advocates as well as business community members who came together to make their voices heard in support of this legislation.

“I thank the House of Representatives for their leadership and I ask our leaders in the Washington State Senate to follow suit and vote to approve this long-overdue legislation.”