Seattle Bike Blog is reporting that Seattle will spend its school zone speeding camera money on school safety improvements.
The city installed a couple cameras last year, and the revenue generated far exceeded expectations (bad and good news). But there are also signs that the cameras themselves are changing behavior. Citations have fallen 16 percent since cameras were installed, and nearly every person who has received one ticket has not received a second.
So generating the money makes streets safer, and investing the money makes streets safer. Perfect.
The end game for the cameras would be zero speeding in school zones. People in Seattle will know that school zone speeding is taken extremely seriously. Of course, this would theoretically dry up the millions the cameras generate for school safety, but that would be a beautiful problem to have.
As long as the money comes from and goes to reducing those violations, it seems like a pretty good thing. I wouldn’t want the city to become dependent on that money for social services or whatever, vital as that is.