Seattle drivers beware: Five more school zone speed cameras going in

Woman Receiving Moving Violation

SEATTLE — Seattle officials are pushing to make school zones safer.  Mayor Mike McGinn announced this morning that the city is installing speed cameras in five more school zones.

 Speeding drivers will be cited near Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Dearborn Park Elementary, Nathan Eckstein Middle School, Roxhill Elementary, and Holy Family Parish School.  Drivers in those areas have a tendency to speed.

 The speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour, but the mayor said officals know from citiation history that it’s often ignored. Last fall the city installed cameras in four other school zones.  That’s led to a combined 16 % reduction in citations for speeding across the four schools.

“The public has been clear that we need to do more to protect children as they travel to and from school,” said McGinn. “The data shows that the existing cameras are helping improve safety near schools by reducing travel speed and cameras should be installed at additional schools.”

If you get caught speeding through a school zone, it’ll cost you $189.  Even if you’re going just one mile over the limit.

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2 comments

  • crj

    what are the school day operating hours for these speed cameras? are these hours posted on the school zone signs.
    other public school districts post ; when lights are flashing or("or" is in very small letters) when children are present. in some cases, you have to drive a block or 2 within the school zone to determine if children are present. if you were doing 30 mph in the 1 block or two and a police radar was there, you have been nabbed for a big fine.

    what ever happened to at least a specific time, like 8:00am to 4:00pm monday thru friday. for the school zones. now, it is up to the police to interpret ,when children are present. what is the maximum age to be classified as children?

  • Phlebotomiss

    Funny how only people who have gotten tickets have issues with this. It sounds like people know what "the small letters" say and the "regular hours"… Is it really going to ruin your day by being 30 seconds later than if you didn't slow down? Really people… 30 seconds…