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School zone safety cameras to launch Tuesday

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School zone speeding cameras will begin warning speeders Tuesday. School zone speeding cameras will begin warning speeders Tuesday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Last year members of Spokane's City Council voted in support of school zone speed cameras. On Tuesday, Spokane will be implementing the pilot program for those cameras in several school zones starting with Finch and Longfellow Elementary schools.

The cameras were supposed to launch at the beginning of the month but were delayed a few weeks because of technical problems at one of the schools.

A warning period for the cameras will start Tuesday. Two cameras, one on Northwest Boulevard and one on Nevada will begin issuing warnings to the registered owner of a vehicle that is caught going over the posted 20 mph speed limits in the school zones. The warning period will last until after winter break on January 4, 2016. After that, citations will be issued.

Speeding is a deadly and costly problem 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.

“I’m pleased the city has school zone speed safety cameras near our schools. Any countermeasure to get drivers to slow down and be aware of children as they walk to and from school is beneficial,” said Mark Sterk, Director of Security, Safety, and Transportation for Spokane Public Schools, in a release.

The cameras will operate during school hours when the school beacons are flashing. Signs have been installed to provide warning of the school zone cameras.

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