Automated speed cameras have been switched on in one Lilburn school zone.
The city of Lilburn approved new speed cameras over the summer. The cameras from company RedSpeed will automatically flag drivers going 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on school days for ticketing by the Lilburn Police Department.
The cameras monitor the school zone outside of Arcado Elementary School. A 2019 study recorded more than 1,400 “super speeders” going 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit in a 10-hour period on the stretch of Arcado Road outside the school. The cameras are intended to make it safer for kids, parents and other pedestrians walking near the school.
Jan. 13 was the first day of a 30-day “warning period” for drivers, the city said. Instead of receiving a speeding ticket when caught on camera, drivers will be mailed warning notices, according to a city release. Drivers will be made aware of the new cameras with signage in the area.
The cameras were installed by RedSpeed for free, and the company gets a 35% cut of future ticket revenues. Tickets start at $75 and go up to $125 for repeat offenders. These ticket amounts are generally less than those that come with a ticket issued by an officer during a traffic stop, and do not add points to a driver’s license.
RedSpeed has partnered with more than 20 city and county police departments in Georgia since 2018, when a new law allowed their cameras in the state. Under that law, the 65% of ticket revenues each jurisdiction gets to keep must go to public safety improvements.
Duluth also has RedSpeed cameras, which started operating at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The city has cameras monitoring four elementary and middle schools. Lilburn also plans to add cameras outside Trickum Middle School in the future.
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