Seattle may be adding speed cameras at schools

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 12:34 PM

The City of Seattle might be adding speed cameras at schools.

A new report suggests they’re working and it could go into effect in the 2014 school year.

At four schools in Seattle, the city has been testing school zone speed cameras since last fall. Get caught speeding in the 20 mph zone when the lights are flashing and get a $189 fine.

According to the city, speeding drivers have been reduced by 16%. They’re also making the city money - $2.7 million since last fall. And some of that could go to more cameras.

That’s one reason why city transportation officials are trying to add five more school speed zones. The proposed camera locations, which often see speeding drivers, are as follows:

  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary
  • Dearborn Park Elementary
  • Nathan Eckstein Middle School
  • Roxhill Elementary
  • Holy Family Parish School

Many are concerned about the cameras being too intrusive, but others say they’re good for safety.

For now, the four existing cameras are set to turn back on when school starts in the fall, with five more on the way next year if the city council gives the green light.
 

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