SPD reminds you to slow down - traffic emphasis underway

Julie Humphreys Public Safety Communication Manager

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 4:40 p.m.

With summer upon us, more drivers on the roads, and construction projects underway, Spokane Police remind you to slow down and follow the rules of the road. This week road closures and speed reductions began in Latah Valley as part of the Marshall Road Water Transmission Main Project in the area -see video for details https://youtu.be/MsOwgyF0nAU?si=ZYSs5EHZZwFD5R65. SPD officers are in the area to ensure motorists are obeying the detour and speed changes and officers have issued numerous tickets to those who fail to comply. Since Tuesday when the project began, officers have issued 27 speeding tickets, 3 citations for cell phone violations, 1 citation for driving with a suspended license, and 1 other traffic related ticket, as well as given 8 verbal warnings for speeding, and 6 verbal warnings for other driving violations.

Speed patrols will continue throughout the summer under a High Visibility Emphasis funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. SPD officers will be in the Highway 195 area again tomorrow, as well as other trouble spots throughout the city. You can avoid an expensive ticket by slowing down and you can also potentially save a life. From 2014 to 2023, the number of fatal crashes involving speed is trending up.

Pictures; area affected by construction project HW 195 and Meadow Lane

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