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Police explain Spokane's new red light camera systems

This visual representation shows how the camera systems work. This visual representation shows how the camera systems work.
This car was recorded running a red light in Seattle. This car was recorded running a red light in Seattle.

SPOKANE, Wash. - On the topic of Spokane's new red light camera systems, police have said that for the first month after installation they'll be issuing only warnings for guilty drivers.

Police say drivers could start seeing the warnings in the mail as early as the first week of October.

Police shared the final design of what the warnings will look like Wednesday. They'll show a photo of your license plate and still shots of the car during the traffic infraction.

Although it's tough sometimes to determine when you should stop or continue through an intersection, the new red light systems are pretty clear-cut. At any of the four Spokane intersections where the cameras are installed, if you cross the thick solid white lines when the light is red you will get a ticket.

The Spokane Police Department showed several photos taken from a red light camera in Seattle. In one photo a car can be seen just getting to a red light. In a second photo the same car could be seen running the light, an act caught on camera.

The infraction was also recorded when it tripped a video camera like the ones the Spokane system will use.

Spokane Police say the bottom line is don't run the red and you won't get a ticket.

"That's the thing. I mean, if it's red you stop at the stop line. That's the safest thing for you and everybody else. You have pedestrians trying to cross and things like that. That's what the red light's for. So if you stop before the stop line, you won't get a citation," said Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller.

When asked about extenuating circumstances, like a car crash where police are directing traffic at the scene, police say you will ultimately trip the camera, but your infraction will be cancelled.

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