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Warning period for new red light cams starts Monday

Beginning March 1, red light cameras at four new intersections will begin taking photos of red light runners.

Warning notices will be issued for the first 31 days and starting April 1, citations will be given. There is no fine for a warning notice.

The new photo enforcement cameras will be located at the following intersections:

  • Freya St. northbound at 3rd Ave.
  • 2nd Ave. westbound at Thor St.
  • Wellesley Ave. eastbound at Ash St.
  • Division St. northbound at Sprague Ave.

Spokane already has three intersections with cameras that have been up and running since October 1, 2008.  Since that time, they've captured more than 7,500 red light runners.

It's important to note that the warning period is only for the new intersections.

The original photo enforcement cameras will continue to issue citations to red-light runners and are located at the following intersections:

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

 

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