This is all now happening because the state government passed House Bill 978 in 2018. The law lets speed cameras be used to ticket drivers in school zones as long as drivers are 10 mph over the speed limit. while school zone lights are flashing. Drivers can technically be ticketed by an officer for only going 1 mph over the speed limit, so the cameras are more lenient.
The bill limits fines to $75 for the first offense and then $125 for all subsequent offenses; these are civil violations and will not add points to anyone’s license.
When Roswell police presented the plan to council members on Monday, they said there were 15 school zones in the city and nine traffic officers.
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A RedSpeed analysis of the city found six schools that presented a risk to students and others, according to the presentation. The worst was Holcomb Bridge Middle School, which had 1,719 violations of more than 10 mph in one school day. Hembree Elementary School had 1,664 such violations. The next was Sweet Apple Elementary with 432 violations.
The video recordings will be kept for 45 days so police can review them in case they can help an investigation. They will be deleted afterwards to ensure privacy, police said.
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