They are watching. But who is ‘they’? The City of Seattle, that’s who. Last week Seattle introduced camera monitoring for illegal dumping. It is part of a newly instituted pilot program. So if you plan to rid yourself of tires, boats, vehicles or appliances, best do it at one of the City’s transfer stations (a.k.a dumps), not at places like the 7100 block of Detroit Avenue Southwest, which has become a huge dumping hot spot. The camera at this location has been active since March 3rd. Video footage from the camera is reviewed every three days and the city plans to track down anyone caught dumping by linking them with their license plate. This is so because the current camera technology doesn’t use facial image recognition. Violations for illegal dumping are not currently criminal, and usually violations only include cleaning fees, restitution and community service. But if the pilot program is unsuccessful, will illegal dumping become a crime? Doubtful, but you never know.
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