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Nearly 7,000 citations issued in Photo Red program

SPOKANE, Wash. - Since the program's inception on November 1, 2008, Spokane's Photo Red system has issued a total of 6,935 citations and taken in more than $550,000.

In December 2009 alone, 563 citations were issued.

Out of the 1,498 citations that have gone to hearing in front of a commissioner, only 112 have been found not committed.

The number of violators paying their tickets is at 70 percent or higher, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The intersections currently monitored by red light cameras are:

  • Browne St. southbound at Sprague Ave.
  • Hamilton St. northbound at Mission Ave.
  • Division St. north and southbound at Francis Ave.

The City of Spokane Streets Department has moved forward with the approval of the addition of five new cameras. Five new cameras will be added at the following locations:

  • Freya and 3rd
  • Thor and 2nd
  • Division and Sprague
  • Ash and Wellesley
  • An additional camera at the Division and Francis intersection

The 30-day warning period for the new cameras (before citations will be issued) is scheduled to start March 1. Citations will be issued beginning April 1.

A report detailing the effectiveness of the red light cameras is currently being completed by the Spokane Police Department and should be available by February.

The study will review injury severity and changes that have occurred as a result of the traffic safety camera deployment. In addition, the SPD is assessing crashes at the enforced intersections and approaches both prior to and after deployment of the traffic safety program.

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