Fines start today for speeders caught on camera
April 16, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. April 16, 2009
Drivers could be fined $124 for speeding near four schools — even if no police officers are present. Officers began to issue citations today for speeders caught by traffic cameras that overlook a busy Second Avenue school zone.
Issaquah Police Department Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the cameras proved to be an effective deterrent to speeders during a test period. He said traffic began to slow down after the cameras were activated.
The system was installed across from Clark Elementary School near the intersection of Second Avenue and Evans Street. Police activated the system March 16. For the first weeks of operation, motorists caught speeding received warnings. The school zone speed limit is 20 mph.
Officials hope the cameras will improve safety in an area packed with students. The cameras were installed near four campuses: Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School, Tiger Mountain Community High School and Clark.
The cameras are activated on weekdays from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. The devices are not used during school breaks and holidays.
The infraction is a noncriminal offense — similar to a parking ticket — that will not be included in the driver’s record. Violators may pay the fine, request a hearing or submit a “declaration of non-responsibility.” If the owner was not driving the vehicle at the time of the incident, the declaration makes the driver responsible for the violation.