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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Cellphone use fines could double while driving in school zone

Using a cellphone while driving in a school zone could cost you nearly double under a bill passed Tuesday by the House.


Getting There: As traffic backs up and becomes unsafe on Highway 195, transit planners search for an off-ramp

Plans for how to handle increased development southwest of Spokane were discussed in the early 1990s, but funding was never found for those projects. That’s led to motorists finding themselves …


Getting There: Big changes underway in Kootenai County to keep crowded roads from clogging

Ask Megan Sausser what will be different about Kootenai County in the next seven years, and she will give you a straight answer: “There will be a lot more cars. …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Up to 8 inches of snow expected to fall on Spokane starting Friday

The snow is expected to snarl traffic on Interstate 90 from Ritzville into North Idaho, on Highway 195 from Spokane to Uniontown and on Highway 2 in the West Plains …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019

Two men arrested after fleeing scene of crash in East Central on Sunday

Harley M. James and Joseph S. Williams, both 27, face multiple charges, including possession of drugs and fleeing the scene of an accident, after the crash just before noon at …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019

Spokane man dies in crash near Mead on Saturday night

The 31-year-old man, who was not identified in a news release, died after being taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center overnight Saturday after his SUV rolled into a creek northeast …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

Male driver taken into custody after two-car collision in north Spokane sends one to hospital Sunday

Spokane Police investigators believe impairment may have caused the crash around 5 p.m. Sunday. It occurred about two blocks south of the Division wye in North Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Two men hospitalized after driver falls asleep in crash near Medical Lake

Eastbound lanes of the highway were closed briefly to allow the helicopter to land, but the roadway was completely open as of 8:45 a.m.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Brief, intense snowstorm sends dozens crashing on I-90 west of Spokane

State troopers estimated between 50 and 100 vehicles were involved in the collisions, though no life-threatening injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Getting There: Some folks don’t like roundabouts (including new ones on 43rd on South Hill)

Three new South Hill roundabouts on 43rd Avenue have neighbors cheering the slowing of traffic, but residents say they’ve seen more than a few hand gestures indicating that not everyone …


Then and Now: Latah Creek Bridge

The Latah Creek bridge, also known as the Sunset Boulevard bridge, was built after the Monroe Street Bridge in downtown and features a similar design. It was constructed in large …


Getting There: Pay heed, motorists, to the South Hill stop sign

A very unscientific survey last week at High Drive and Grand Avenue shows motorists heading south on Grand have not yet adapted to a stop sign installed at the intersection …


‘What you did saved his life’: Spokane trash collectors aid motorcyclist who lost leg in crash

Parker Milford, 34, credits the quick thinking of city workers for saving his life after he was struck riding his motorcycle in north Spokane on Oct. 9. Daniel Herbers and …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Washington Supreme Court strikes down mandatory car impounds on DUI arrests

Mandatory impound law for DUI arrests is unconstitutional, state Supreme Court says.


Millwood wins grant for warning devices at Marguerite Street rail crossing

The money was part of $1.5 million in rail safety grant funds awarded Monday by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.


Getting There: The Monroe Street Bridge – all three of them – have stood the test of time

The concrete span connecting the west end of downtown with the north side has a storied history that began with a wooden structure in 1888. Cable cars, horse-drawn carriages and …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Rathdrum man dies after crashing into tree near Twin Lakes

Responding deputies said the driver, James A. Chaney, 53, appeared to have crashed near the intersection of West Twin Lakes Road and North Lakeview Boulevard some time before they arrived …


New solution proposed for bus complaints on East Sprague

Nearly five months after the Spokane Transit Authority rebuffed Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to move bus stops on East Sprague Avenue, the City Council will consider using technology to …


Then and Now: Thor/Ray arterial

City Engineer A.M. Eschbach called Freya on the South Hill as “one of the most excessive grades in the city.” The solution was to use Thor Street and tie it …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Children are back in school, so slow down and be safe

Spokane drivers will have at least 30,000 reasons to ease up on the gas pedal Thursday morning. That’s how many students will be walking, driving, busing and perhaps even skateboarding …


100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Windstorm strands hundreds of motorists after ferry is swept away

Some motorists reported being stranded for 48 hours, and that locals were providing food “at exorbitant prices.” A line continued to form as more drivers arrived hoping to cross the …


Getting There: No chalk on the tires in Spokane’s parking enforcement

Federal appellate courts ruled “chalking” tires, a method of determining whether a parker has remained at a space for too long, was unconstitutional. But Spokane ceased the practice downtown at …


Getting There: Country Homes was a ‘route through empty fields,’ now it’s major thoroughfare being repaired

Five weeks of construction begins today on Country Homes, a boulevard born from legislation and condemnation.


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019

Post Falls man airlifted to hospital Sunday after being struck on Highway 95 north of Athol

Idaho State Police say 19-year-old Nicholas Eloe left his Ford pickup trying to retrieve a lost item on U.S. Highway 95 north of Athol just after noon on Sunday. He …


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019

Spokane police stop driver suspected of DUI in Vinegar Flats neighborhood Sunday

Spokane Police stopped an SUV that was driving erratically in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood late Sunday morning. No one was injured, but Inland Empire Way between 14th and 15th avenues …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

City adds a flashing warning sign for truck drivers with tall trucks and short attention spans

Short of lowering the road or raising the railroad bridge, there’s only so much Spokane can do for inattentive motorists on Stevens Street.


Motorcyclist killed in Sunday collision

A motorcycle rider died Sunday night when he collided with a vehicle in north Spokane, according to police.


Police: New Mexico driver fled and said, ‘I don’t think so’

A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she fled an officer during a traffic stop and told him, “I don’t think so.” Dona County court documents show …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

‘Walk’ sign would display for pedestrians without having to push button under proposed Spokane pedestrian safety rules

The city’s reliance on automobiles leads to the inevitable interaction between motorists and pedestrians. In 2018, there were 162 collisions between pedestrians and cars in Spokane, four of which were …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019

Man injured after he ‘darted out into traffic’ on Sprague Avenue near Spokane Valley Costco

A man was injured Monday after running out into morning traffic on Sprague Avenue near Costco in Spokane Valley.