City Council finalizes school zone speed camera details

The City of Spokane will vote Monday night on whether to take the next step toward putting speed cameras in school zones.

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane will vote Monday night on whether to take the next step toward putting speed cameras in school zones.

The city wants to at least test out the idea of having speed cameras in school zones. Council members said they are closer to starting that process but they still need to build the cameras.

They also need to finalize the rules related to these cameras before the city starts using them. Right now city, law does not allow these types of cameras in school zones, but Monday's ordinance before the council will change that.

The possible fines also need to be added to the city policy to match state requirements. We know the fines will be based on how fast you are going and how much over the speed limit you are caught driving on camera.

City leaders said it has been a slow process over two years. But they need to make sure the program starts when it will be the most effective.

"Unlike the other kinds of cameras, we can't start them at any time of the year," said Jon Snyder with Spokane City Council. "We really need to correspond it. There's no reason to be doing it, setting it up in the middle of July, when there's no school."

City leaders also need to decide at what speed they should issue a ticket. With red light cameras, the policy is based strictly on when you are in the intersection. But with speed cameras, even though the speed limit is 20 miles per hour, they will not give tickets at 21 miles per hour. They have to decide if it is 25, 26 or another speed that gets you the ticket.

So far three schools in the City of Spokane have been identified as sites for the new cameras.

KREM 2 News was told two of those schools should have cameras up and running in August as the new school year begins.


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