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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

May 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Seattle adding speed-enforcement cameras at 5 schools

Seattle will install traffic cameras at five more schools during June, to enforce a 20 mph limit while children come and go.

The sites are Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family School in West Seattle; Dearborn Park Elementary on south Beacon Hill; Bailey-Gatzert Elementary in the Central Area; and Eckstein Middle School in the Wedgwood neighborhood of northeast Seattle.

Flashing yellow lights will turn on during hours when the limit is reduced to 20 mph — typically for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon, said Marybeth Turner, spokeswoman for the Seattle Department of Transportation.  The cameras will debut Sept. 2. For the first 30 days warnings will be issued, followed by $189 infraction notices starting in early October.

In 2012 the city installed automated speed cameras at Broadview-Thomson, Gatewood, Thurgood Marshall and Olympic View schools. According to the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, someone hit by a 30 mph vehicle has a 55 percent chance of survival, but at 20 mph the survival rate improves to 95 percent.

The cameras are also bringing in money to the city. The city’s 2014 budget predicts the cameras will yield $8.6 million. After spending $1.5 million for the cameras, police, and court staff, there would be $7.1 million left for pedestrian- and bicycle-safety projects, including safety education for children.

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