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Roswell Begins Automated Enforcement of School Zones

Post Date:01/29/2020 2:23 PM
On Monday February 3rd, 2020, The City of Roswell Police Department begins a thirty-day Warning Period to help drivers adjust to Automated Enforcement of School Zones. The initial school zone cameras are installed in the Vickery Mill Elementary school zone on GA Hwy 9 (Alpharetta Street). During the Warning Period, the City will be mailing Warning Notices to drivers. New signage alerting drivers of the stepped up enforcement have already been installed.

The program was instituted after a nationwide spike in pedestrian fatalities over the past decade in which Georgia became one of the 5 deadliest states for pedestrians, with the seventh highest fatality rate. Automated Enforcement is endorsed as a safety tool by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Safety Council. Roswell Police Chief Conroy hopes the cameras will reverse dangerous safety trends and encourage drivers to slow down.

"We have high hopes that Automated Enforcement will encourage drivers to slow down, obey the law, and ultimately save lives” Chief Conroy said. “Traffic fatalities are the number one cause of death for children aged 5-14 and for young adults (aged 15-29). Very minimal reductions in speed make school zones safer for everyone, especially for the children. We want our schools to be safe areas where children can learn, thrive, and travel freely to and from school without having to fear for their well-being. It’s up to each of us to ensure those children receive the safety and security they deserve.”

Numerous publications have documented how slower speeds can save lives. One definitive study by the AAA Foundation found that children and young adults have less than a 10% risk of serious injury or death in an accident at 15 mph, but that the risks climbed substantially with each 5 mph increment. At 35 miles per hour the risk of severe injury or death is greater than 50%.

The Roswell program will target the most egregious speeders exceeding more than ten (10+) miles per hour over the posted speed limit in school zones. The speed cameras will operate from one hour before school until one hour after school, only on school days. A sworn officer reviews and approves each citation before it is issued. A thirty day warning period is in effect before any citations are issued.

The new program will be fully operational and issuing citations on March 3rd, 2020. The City will be posting a Frequently Asked Questions list to its website and will also be providing updates and answering questions on Social Media. Residents with questions may call The Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100 or visit the City of Roswell website.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Question: Why are Speed Zone Cameras being installed?
Answer: Over the past ten years there has been a nationwide spike in pedestrian fatalities due to a combination of speeding and distracted driving. Communities are turning to automated enforcement as a means of encouraging to follow speed limits and pay attention. Automated Enforcement is endorsed as a safety tool by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Safety Council. Slower driving saves lives. A person is about 70% more likely to be killed if they are struck by a vehicle traveling 30mph versus 25 mph. There is a 93% chance of survival if a pedestrian is struck at 20mph. Small differences in speed make a huge difference, especially in school zones.
(Source: ProPublica: www.propublica.org/article/unsafe-at-many-speeds)

Question:
My area school has a lot of speeders. How can I request a system?
Answer: Speed Enforcement Programs are selected by the Police Department and local schools after a traffic study is performed to assess road conditions. Requests can be sent directly to the Police Department at 770-640-4100.

Question: How will I know where the cameras are?
Answer: The Police Department will be putting in new signage that is clearly visible warning drivers that the roads are enforced by cameras. Additionally, the Police Department will provide a 30-day warning period during which time drivers will get used to the new signs and speeders will receive Warning Notices in the mail.

Question: I received a Warning Notice. What do I do?
Answer: Warning Notices are courtesy notices extended by the Police Departments, in addition to new clearly visible signs, to put drivers on notice of stepped up enforcement in school zones. If you received a Warning Notice no further action is required. All drivers are encouraged to obey speed laws.

Question: What are the criteria for receiving a speeding ticket?
Answer: According to state law automated school zone tickets are issued to drivers exceeding more than ten (10+) miles per hour over the speed limit.

Question:
How much is the fine?
Answer: The first violation is $75 and $125 for subsequent violations. Payments are due by the “Pay By” date listed on the citation.

Question:
Can I view my violation?
Answer: Yes. Login to secure.speedviolation.com and enter your citation number. You will be able to view photos and video of the violation.

Question: What hours do the cameras operate?
Answer: From one hour before school until one hour after school. All monitored school zones and speeds are clearly marked.

Question: I received a School Zone Speed Ticket. How do I pay it?
Answer: You may mail a check or money order to the address printed on the citation and pre-printed return envelope. For faster credit card payments, you may pay securely online at secure.speedviolation.com. Electronic payments post the same day and you can receive a confirmation by e-mail. For payment by phone, call 833-917-7333, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Question: If I get a ticket will my insurance go up?
Answer: Citations are civil offenses, not criminal infractions. No points are assessed on your driving record for automated enforcement violations. However, fines do escalate for repeat offenders.

Question: How do the Cameras work? Are they accurate?
Answer: The enforcement program utilizes state of the art multi-dimensional radar that tracks and monitors up to 350 cars simultaneously. Radar is accurate within .1 miles per hour. A detailed maintenance and testing log is maintained at all times. No tickets are issued within any possible margin of error.

Question: What happens to ticket revenue?
Answer: Official Code of Georgia. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-18
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