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June 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Speed cameras coming to 5 more Seattle school zones

School-zone speed cameras could soon be installed in five new Seattle locations, Mayor Mike McGinn announced this morning.

The city first started using traffic cameras to cite school zone speeders in December at four other school zones near Broadview-Thomson K-8 School on Greenwood Avenue North, Thurgood Marshall Elementary on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Gatewood Elementary on Fauntleroy Way Southwest and Olympic View Elementary on Fifth Avenue Northeast.

McGinn said revenue gathered from the $189 tickets will be used to fund the installation of cameras at the five new locations: Bailey Gatzert Elementary on East Yesler Way, Dearborn Park Elementary on South Orcas Street, Nathan Eckstein Middle School on Northeast 75th Street, Roxhill Elementary on Southwest Roxbury and Holy Family Parish School on Southwest Roxbury.

The mayor said he wants to extend and expand the pilot traffic camera program because there’s already proof that the cameras have made school zones more safe. A release from his office says there’s, on average, been 16 percent reduction in the amount of tickets being mailed out since the cameras started snapping photos of speeders. Of those fined, 96 percent have not reoffended.

The Seattle City Council still needs to approve the new camera locations as well as a city budget accounting for them before they are installed.

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