Speed cameras around four Seattle elementary schools will start ticketing speeders Monday morning. The technology, installed by the city, is designed to slow drivers down on busy streets near schools.
Broadview-Thomson, Thurgood Marshall, Olympic View and Gatewood Elementary are the first schools in Seattle to have cameras placed nearby. Tickets could be as expensive as $189.
“It might be seen as an inconvenience,” said Gatewood Elementary PTA President Natasha Hissong, “But it only takes one mishap to consider a different decision.”
Hissong said Gatewood is particularly dangerous because of its proximity to Lincoln Park, the Vashon Island ferry terminal and two major arterials. The cameras around Gatewood are located along Fauntleroy Way SW, on the west side of Gatewood Elementary.
“It requires some extra precautions,” Hissong explained.
The cameras come after Seattle Police stepped up mobile speed traps around specific to school zones. Between the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, more than 200 school zone speeding violations were handed out, according to city council committee reports.
City officials said over the summer at least one more elementary school could get cameras later in 2013, depending on the results from the pilot program.