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trafficcamsSEATTLE — In the past two weeks, more than 3,000 people in Seattle were busted for going too fast in school zones.

According to the Mayor’s Office, 3,263 drivers were cited for speeding in one of four elementary school traffic camera safety zones. Those cameras are installed near Broadview Thompson, Olympic View, Gatewood and Thurgood Marshall Elementary.

Broadview Thompson Elementary Principal Wyeth Jessee was surprised to learn 881 people got tickets in front of his school.

“It does far exceed what I anticipated. I think it tells us that this program is necessary,” said Jessee.

In front of Thurgood Marshall Elementary in the Judkins Park neighborhood, more than 1,500 drivers have been clocked speeding past the school since the New Year. William Kelley lives right across the street.

“I live here and even I forget. You have to remember to slow down. It’s $190 (fine) and that’s a lot. I was talking to my sister-in-law and she said they got her twice,” said Kelley.

The speed cameras went live on Nov. 1, after research showed those schools had the most hazardous speeding problems.

In June, the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle police will analyze all the data and present it to the Mayor’s Office. Then city officials will decide whether to expand the program.

The money generated from the tickets goes into the city’s general fund, but the idea is to use that money for other traffic safety projects near schools.

The exact ticket citations break down as follows:

Olympic View Elementary: 437

Gatewood Elementary: 435

Broadview Thompson Elementary: 881

Thurgood Marshall Elementary: 1,510

4 comments

  • had enough

    It's all about the $afety citizens! We know what best for you! Pay no attention to the erosion of your 6th amendment rights. Keep sending in your tax money so we can keep watching over you!

    • this is bull

      I got snapped by one of these an hour and a half after the school had let out, and there wasn't a child in sight. I was doing the posted speed aside from "when children are present," which they weren't. It doesn't help that they've placed them so close behind the school zone signs you would have to slam on the brakes to comply in time. I think if they're sincere about wanting to curb speeding in school zones, they need to invest in better signage, rather than more penalties. Most of these people likely meant no harm.

  • Johnn Nutbuttered

    Just got a ticket from the camera by olympic view elementary. I was going 25 in the 20 zone, in the photo you can see i am only about 15 to 20 feet past the sign with my brake lights on, slowing down to 20. $189 for something an officer wouldn't pull me over for, and I'm not even wasting my time trying to fight it, they'll make me pay it no matter what, I know the score here. This is what our city has become folks, find whatever way you can to take some of it back.

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