A NEW speed camera initiative came into force today that will see people speeding in school zones face fines of up to $100.
Starting today, motorists who drive faster than 15 mph in school zones in Alexandria, Virginia, could be fined $100.
The ordinance, which allows the use of five speed cameras in school and work zones, was approved by the Alexandria City Council last year, according to a newsletter.
Warning signs have been posted in the city’s school zones to inform drivers of the speed limit change to 15 mph since school began locally on August 21, local ABC news outlet WJLA reported.
“Starting today, @AlexandriaVAGov’s new school zone speed camera program is live,” Alexandria City Public Schools said announced on twitter.
“And we will begin issuing paid citations to those driving over 15 miles per hour in designated school zones when school speed limit signs are flashing.”
There are three school zones where drivers who drive 10 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit of 15 miles per hour through the school zones at certain times will be fined $100.
This includes the school zone near Francis Hammond Middle School, John Adams Elementary School and Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School, and George Washington Middle School.
Tickets are only issued during school hours and speed cameras are only active when school speed signs are flashing.
The $100 speeding fines will be sent via U.S. mail and drivers must follow the instructions in the citation to make payment or dispute the violation.
“People won’t stop at the crosswalk even if they see a person standing there waiting,” local grandmother Donna Bernstein told local news outlet WUSA 9.
“It’s a little bit dangerous just because not only are people at the school, but down here where it’s just pedestrians, they’re walking back and forth all day long, going way over the speed limit.”
Hannah Songayab, another local, told the network: “I try to put my foot on the zebra crossing and make my intention to cross the zebra crossing clear.”
She pointed out, “And sometimes I make eye contact, but they just speed past. Sometimes it’s scary too.”
After hundreds of parents expressed their concerns in school surveys, the city recognized the need for the cameras.
In addition to the warning period that began on August 21, the city warned locals with a two-week warning period in June, also at the end of the 2022/23 academic year.
The city selected the speed camera locations using a data-driven process that considered factors such as accident history, traffic volume, vehicle speeds, and the age and number of students.