Spokane PD traffic school could have huge impact


by KREM.com


Posted on July 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 6:10 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane’s Police Department could soon see a boost in revenue since the City Council came one step closer to approving a traffic school Monday night.

Road related deaths are on the rise nationally. Staff with the Spokane Police Department hope traffic school can bring those numbers down locally.

Almost 24,000 infractions were handed out in Spokane last year. City leaders estimate 10% of those drivers would take the chance to go to traffic school if it was offered.

Right now the county oversees any traffic school programs in the area.

Monday night the City Council approved an inter-local agreement to let the police department open up its own traffic school.

Instructors like A.J. Seitz at 911 driving school say they've seen the impact it makes on students. "I think it's going to pay off because the majority of the people won't be repeat offenders."

The program would let you pay for traffic school instead of the fine. It would cost the same amount of money but likely will bring in more revenue for the police department.

Drivers could choose from one day-long class or two-evening sessions.

Instructors and city leaders agree that education has to be an active part of traffic enforcement to keep everyone safe on the road.

The city council is set to vote on the ordinance next month and expected to approve it. Classes could be offered by the city early next year.