Sirens & Gavels

No joke: New tickets for red-light runners

Spokane drivers who run red lights at four new camera-equipped intersections can expect $124 tickets beginning Thursday.

The cameras are located at Freya Street facing north at Third Avenue, Second Avenue facing west at Thor Street, Wellesley Avenue facing east at Ash Street, and Division Street facing north at Sprague Avenue.

Red-light runners at those intersections have received only warnings since the cameras were activated March 1, but the warning period ends this week.

Officers have approved 416 warnings through those cameras as of March 23, according to the Spokane Police Department. Another 184 are pending.

The city began fining red light violators caught on camera Nov. 1, 2008. Two cameras are at Francis Avenue and Division Street. One camera monitors Sprague Avenue and Browne Street, and another is at Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street.

Spokane issued 5,690 camera tickets that resulted in revenue of $419,000, Officer Teresa Fuller said in a Jan. 6 article.

But a review of collisions reports shows the camera-equipped intersections had an increase in crashes and injuries in the first year of the controversial program.

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