SPOKANE VALLEY—Authorities want drivers to pump the brakes for the next few months in parts of Spokane Valley.
The speed limit dropped from 35 MPH to 20 MPH this week near Valley Mission Park on Mission and Bowdish. The reduced speed limit runs through Labor Day.
Authorities said the area is filled during the summer with families enjoying the park and Splash Down water park. They said in this area, people often walk on the street because only a portion of the area has a sidewalk.
Statistically, June is the worst month for pedestrian crashes involving children in Spokane County. Between 2007 and 2009, there were nearly 350 wrecks involving pedestrians.
Authorities planned to increase patrols in the area to make sure drivers obey the law.