Sgt. Teresa Fuller, PIO
Monday, October 3, 2022 at 9:17 a.m.
The warning period for three new School Zone Safety Cameras will start Monday, October 3rd, 2022. The three cameras, one on Bernard, one on Regal and one on Ray, will start issuing warnings to the registered owner of a vehicle that exceeds the posted speeds in the 20mph school zones at Ferris High School, as well as Adams and Roosevelt Elementary schools.
Several years ago, members of Spokane’s City Council voted in support of School Zone Speed Safety Cameras after a student was critically injured by a speeding vehicle just blocks from an elementary school in 2014. City leadership was determined to find a solution to the growing problem of pedestrian safety and speeding in school zones. A resolution passed in December of 2014 called for the placement of Speed Safety Cameras in school zones and the installation of flashing signals to remind drivers of the posted speed limit.
Speeding is a deadly and costly problem, especially in school zones. A national survey found two-thirds of drivers exceed the posted speed limit in school zones during the 30-minute periods before and after classes. School zone speed safety cameras provide a constant enforcement presence that changes driver behavior for improved community road safety.
In 2021, speed-related crashes killed 206 people in Washington. Children are especially vulnerable. A pedestrian struck by a car at 20 mph has a 90 percent chance of survival, but the survival rate drops to 50 percent at 30 mph and 10-15 percent at 40 mph.
Cameras will operate during school hours when the school beacons are flashing to capture images of every vehicle exceeding the school zone speed limit. Ticket issuance will start November 1st, 2022.
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