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Study shows fatalities increase when red-light cameras shut down

WASHINGTON – Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute is funded by auto insurers.

Speed cameras going up at three Spokane elementary schools

After months of traffic counts and warnings to drivers passing through school zones, the Spokane City Council agreed to put automated cameras near three Spokane schools to nab speeders. By a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Mike Fagan dissenting, the council agreed to have cameras monitor vehicle speeds near Finch, Longfellow and Stevens elementary schools.

Suit filed over red-light camera refunds

The city of Spokane has not refunded traffic ticket money a judge ruled was wrongfully collected using red-light cameras, and is still trying to collect from drivers who haven’t paid, according to a lawsuit filed last week. A lawsuit involving potentially thousands of drivers asks the city to repay two and a half years’ worth of tickets, worth $124 each, which could amount to $2.1 million.

City Council considers traffic cameras for school zones

Motorists speeding through school zones could be the next target of Spokane’s push into automated traffic enforcement cameras. With statistics suggesting red-light cameras have helped improve safety at intersections, while also hauling in millions of dollars in fines, Spokane now wants to know more about automated speed cameras that state lawmakers have authorized for use in school and road construction zones. Seattle and Tacoma already are using them.

Red-light money left alone

Money from red-light camera tickets still must be used only on traffic safety projects. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to reject a proposal that would have removed restrictions on how red-light revenue is spent.

Spokane City Council debating changing red-light camera law

The Spokane City Council is debating whether to change the law to allow them to do what they’ve already authorized: spend red-light camera fines on projects unrelated to traffic safety. The council already approved a new funding breakdown of red-light camera money for 2014, but the city never changed the law that requires them to spend revenues beyond the cost to maintain the cameras only on traffic safety projects.

Spokane red-light cameras ‘fleecing’ drivers, some say

Chris Gray knew he would lose, but at a Spokane Municipal Court hearing earlier this month, he wanted to make a point. Two months earlier – at 7:18 p.m. on Nov. 19 – Gray was driving on Thor Street when he stopped at a red light before making a right turn on Second Avenue. But a red-light camera caught him stopping well beyond a white line marked on the pavement.

Motorcyclist struck, run over by pickup truck

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries Monday evening when he was struck and run over by a pickup at a busy downtown intersection. Police say the pickup was westbound on Sprague Avenue and turning south onto Browne Street at about 5:15 p.m. when it collided with the 63-year-old motorcyclist, who was eastbound and had the right of way.

Red-light camera data kept from cops

SEATTLE – Police across the nation are using footage from red light cameras to help them solve crimes, but not in Washington. Washington state law prohibits police from using images from the cameras for anything other than traffic enforcement.

Massive concrete girders take shape at Spokane business

Some of the largest pre-stressed concrete girders in the U.S. have been coming out of a manufacturing yard in Spokane in recent weeks. The 186-foot-long girders are being used for a county road bridge in the Touchet area of Walla Walla County.

Allen vs. Rush, Red Light Cameras

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate red light cameras. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane.

Eyman, red-light-camera foes push for city bans

Tim Eyman's anti-tax initiatives have developed, he admits, "a partisan tinge" over the years. But Washington's ballot-measure king says he finally has found an issue that unites voters across the aisle: red-light cameras.

In brief: New red light cameras start issuing tickets

The Spokane Police Department sent out a reminder that the warning period for three new red light cameras expired Sunday at midnight. As of now, anyone who is caught on camera running a red light will receive a ticket in the mail. The affected intersections are southbound Browne Street at Third Avenue, southbound Maple Street at Second Avenue and westbound Second Avenue at Walnut Street. The three cameras went live on July 1, and officers have sent out 500 warning notices since they were installed, said police spokeswoman Teresa Fuller.

No more warnings on red light cameras

The Spokane Police Department announced today that the warning period for three new red light cameras is expiring today at midnight. Anyone who is caught on camera running a red light after that will receive a ticket in the mail.