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Better use of cameras

With regard to the April 6 article, “More traffic cameras on council’s agenda,” it seems like a solution looking for a problem. After all, Councilman Mike Fagan stated he hasn’t seen a problem with accidents in school zones. What seems like a real problem is the fact that Spokane’s population has grown but no new streets (other than the North Spokane Corridor) are being added. Freya Street, for example, has cars stacked up at stop signs during rush hour.

One possible solution would be to replace four- and three-way stop signs throughout the city with traffic lights and cameras. After all, we’ve been told red-light cameras improve safety and bring added revenue for the city.

This would be a win-win situation for everyone except for those who run red lights. This would be a better investment than speed cameras.

Craig Detmer



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