City turns on speed cameras as students return to school

August 31, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 31, 2010

The city has reactivated cameras to enforce speed limits along Second Avenue Southeast as students returned to Issaquah School District campuses Tuesday.

Police turned off the cameras for the summer. The cameras operate only from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. on school days to enforce the 20 mph speed limit.

The photo-enforcement system — installed across from Clark Elementary School near the intersection of Second Avenue Southeast and Southeast Evans Street — uses roadway sensors to alert the cameras to speeding vehicles.

The system includes a pair of cameras to record video of the violation and snap a photo of a speeding vehicle’s rear license plate. Drivers receive the violation in the mail about 14 days after the incident.

The infraction is a noncriminal offense, similar to a parking ticket, and does not become part of a driver’s record.

The cameras helped police issue 4,920 citations — generated about $360,000 for the city — from the time the Issaquah Police Department started issuing photo-enforced citations in April 2009 and April 2010.

Violators can view photos and video of the incidents here. Learn more about the cameras at the city website, or call 837-3170 for more information.

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