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Originally published Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

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Red-light cameras could be used in investigations

State lawmakers are still considering allowing images from red-light cameras to be used in investigations beyond red-light infractions, but Bremerton police have already done it while working on one high-profile case.

The Associated Press

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BREMERTON, Wash. —

State lawmakers are still considering allowing images from red-light cameras to be used in investigations beyond red-light infractions, but Bremerton police have already done it while working on one high-profile case.

The Kitsap Sun reports ( http://is.gd/DtOAiT) that Bremerton police used images taken by a red-light camera in their investigation of the 2011 stabbing death of Sara Burke. The newspaper received a copy of the warrant police used to get the images from Redflex Traffic Systems.

The Legislature gave cities and counties the ability to use traffic enforcement cameras in 2005. The law stipulates that images from the cameras can only be used to enforce red light, railroad crossing and school speed zone violations.

But proponents of the bill expanding that use say images captured by these cameras can help police during criminal investigations.

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