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Two cameras will start catching speeders near two Spokane schools on Tuesday

Cameras aimed at catching speeders in school zones will be activated on Tuesday near two elementary schools in Spokane.

Violators of the 20 mph speed limit will be mailed warnings until Jan. 4.

The two cameras will catch speeders on Nevada Street nearby Longfellow Elementary and on Northwest Boulevard adjacent to Finch Elementary. A third camera is planned for the Stevens Elementary and is expected to be installed by the spring, said police spokesperson Teresa Fuller.

The cameras will be mounted near signs and have flashing yellow lights warning drivers of the 20 mph speed limit. The cameras will operate during school hours.

The warning period will end on Jan. 4, after which citations will be issued.

Citations will start at $214 and max out at $808 depending on the violation, Fuller said. Like other cities with the program, Fuller said Spokane would likely set a threshold for tickets between 26 and 28 mph.

In July the city council voted 6-1 to install the cameras. American Traffic Solutions, which runs the city’s red-light camera program, will also operate the school zone cameras. The Arizona-based company has a contract with the city through November 2018.


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