Issaquah police reactivate speed cameras near schools as students return

August 28, 2012

By Staff

Issaquah police plan to reactivate speed-enforcement cameras near Issaquah High School and other campuses Sept. 4, as students return to schools along Second Avenue Southeast.

Police deactivated the cameras during the summer. Now, as classes resume, officials plan to activate the cameras from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, just as in past years.

What to know

The speed-enforcement cameras use roadway sensors to alert the cameras to vehicles exceeding the 20 mph school zone speed limit.

The system includes a pair of cameras to capture a photo and video of a speeding vehicle’s rear license plate. Motorists receive a $124 fine in the mail about 14 days after the incident.

Cameras aimed in both directions along the street capture license plate information on vehicles exceeding the 20 mph school zone speed limit.

Motorists exceeding the speed limit face a $124 fine. The infraction is a noncriminal offense similar to a parking ticket and does not become part of the violator’s driving record.

The fine and information about the violation arrive in the mail several days after the incident.

People can pay the fine outright, request a hearing in Issaquah Municipal Court or submit a declaration of nonresponsibility. The last option is sometimes used if a person other than the vehicle’s owner drove the vehicle during the violation.

The cameras photograph and record only vehicles exceeding the school zone speed limit.

The area near the speed cameras is crowded on school days, as parents, students, school employees and other motorists traverse the area near the high school, Clark Elementary School, Issaquah Middle School and Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The city rolled out the speed-enforcement program in March 2009.

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One Response to “Issaquah police reactivate speed cameras near schools as students return”

  1. IssyResident on September 3rd, 2012 11:01 am

    While I support the concept of keeping speeds down around the schools, the size of this fine, $124, is egregious. I’d like to know how much of this lands in city coffers and what the take is for the company that runs the system. Here’s an opportunity for the Issaquah Press to do some digging: What is the split? Has the automated ticketing system achieived the goal of reducing speeding in this zone?

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