SPOKANE, Wash. – Critics have said speed cameras are all about making the city money. Supporters of them say they are making Spokane streets safer.
Those cameras have been up and running in several school zones since Monday. If you speed past Finch and Longfellow Elementary Schools during school hours you will get a $100 ticket. But are they actually getting drivers to slow down?
According to Spokane Police, 95 percent of drivers who were ticketed by Spokane's traffic cameras never faced another infraction again.
"That does truly demonstrate a change in driver's behavior that keeps people safe," Spokane Police Spokesperson Teresa Fuller.
In 2015, 2,400 tickets came from people flying through the intersection of Division and Sprague. According to Spokane Police, accidents in areas near traffic cameras have dropped 50 percent as well.