School zone infractions show Spokane is headed in the right direction

SPOKANE, Wash. — School is back in session and this is your reminder to slow down as you’re approaching school zones. After a few months without school zone enforcement, our habits have changed. We’re giving you a heads up about a few changes in the area and, it comes with some good news.

So far this year, there have been 400 infractions issued from speed cameras. That might sound like a lot, but in the same period last year, that number was over 1,000. So, we’re headed in the right direction!

There are currently four speed cameras in school zones, at Lidgerwood, Audubon, Ridgeview, and Willard. There are plans to add a few more in the near future.

When those traffic cameras are added, it’s published on the Spokane Police Department’s website, with a specific location, and all tickets in the first 30 days come as a warning.

This gives the community a chance to get used to the new technology in place. As they continue to evaluate how effective the cameras are, there could be even more down the road.

“The long-term goal is zero collisions, zero people getting hurt. Whatever means we can get to that. Whether it’s increased use of technology or other technology,” explained Corporal Nick Briggs, with SPD.

Something else to keep in mind is the new school zones on Wellesley and Assembly at the new Pauline Flett Middle School. Also, on Perry and Foothills at the new Denny Yasuhara Middle School. Most probably aren’t used to slower speed limits or many kids in these areas.

It’s also worth mentioning that the money generated from speed cameras is put straight back into local traffic projects. The revenue made goes into making local roadways safer.

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