So far this year, eight pedestrians have been killed within the county. The police department hopes the cameras deter drivers from speeding through school zones.
“These cameras will allow ongoing speed enforcement, giving us the ability to utilize manpower elsewhere,” said Officer Hideshi Valle in a video released by the department.
A spokesperson for the police department declined to offer the speed above the limit at which drivers will receive tickets. But she said it’s unlikely that speeding at 1 or 2 mph over the posted limit will result in fines.
The county’s Board of Commissioners approved a contract with RedSpeed USA, which will install the cameras for free. The Illinois-based company pockets 28.4% of all revenue generated by the cameras, while the county keeps the rest.
The county expects to generate $4.4 million in ticket revenue during the first year.
Several municipalities within Gwinnett County already operate speed-monitoring cameras near school zones. The cameras generated an estimated $3 million for the cities of Duluth, Lilburn, Norcross and Snellville by mid-2021, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The cameras begin flagging drivers for speeding one hour before classes begin until one hour after classes end, typically around 8 a.m.-4 p.m. An officer will confirm each violation before issuing a ticket by mail to the vehicle’s owner.
A speed violation will not result in points on a driver’s license. But ignored notices will prevent the renewal of a vehicle’s registration or transferring its title.