School zone speeding cams could be city's cash cow

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SEATTLE —

Seattle could make more than $1 million a month from cameras snapping photos of speeders around four schools.

 

But some wonder if the cameras are about making the roads safer for children or just a money-grab for a city short on cash.

 

The Seattle school zone cameras are near Thurgood Marshall, Broadview-Thomson, Olympic View and Gatewood elementary schools.

 

So far, 1,500 tickets were issued near Thurgood Marshall Elementary and more than 3,200 were issued were among all four schools within the first two weeks the cameras were used.

 

City officials said they had no idea that so many people would be caught speeding.

 

If the tickets keep coming in at that rate, there could be more than $1 million in revenue for the city each month.

 

But Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said he doesn’t expect that will happen, as he hopes many people will stop speeding upon receiving tickets.

 

There are also school breaks and holidays to consider and ticket amounts can be reduced by a judge.

 

Those caught speeding in a school zone will be tickets for $189.

 

In all, McGinn thinks the city will get between $2 million and $4 million a year from the tickets.

 

He said the goal is to improve safety, and any revenue will go toward safety improvements around schools.