Kirkland is exploring with using cameras to monitor school zones
HeadMediaNow – KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON, Officials in the city have devised a new strategy to encourage drivers to slow down as students arrive at school. It’s called “Slow Down For Kids,” and drivers are being asked to simply follow the speed limit, especially when they’re near a school and children are walking down the street.
Kirkland City Council has approved the installation of school zone safety cameras at John Muir Elementary/Kamiakin Middle School and Rose Hill Elementary.
The fine for exceeding the school zone speed limit (20 mph) is $136 per incident for speeds exceeding 25 mph. Speeds in excess of 30 mph will result in a $250 fine per incident. Safety cameras are activated 30 minutes before and after the start of the school day, as well as 30 minutes before and after the end of the school day (based on individual school start and stop times).
We want drivers to pay attention and slow down in school zones now that students will be present again,” said Kirkland Police Chief Cherie Harris. “It’s critical that drivers obey speed limits in school zones in order to reduce the risk of serious injuries or fatalities from collisions, and the school zone safety cameras are one of the tools that we use to encourage responsible driving.
Drivers are urged to drive cautiously and to adhere to posted speed limits in school zones or risk being ticketed and fined.