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School Zone Speed Camera Program in Effect and Making a Difference

August 24, 2010

For more information contact:

Kent Curry, Commander, Renton Police Department, 425-430-7555
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Significant Drop in Violations Means Safer Roads for Community

RENTON:  September 1, 2010, is the first day of school for the Renton School District and the City of Renton reminds drivers to use caution as children head back to school. Renton Police Department officers will be paying particular attention to school zone speed limits and urge extra caution and alertness.

“As the school season is quickly approaching we want to remind all drivers to slow down, refrain from distracted driving and be extra cautious before, during and after school hours,” said Commander Kent Curry, Renton Police Department. “All drivers should be watchful around schools and bus stops and expect the unexpected.”

The City of Renton reports that traffic safety cameras have had an enormous impact on reducing the number of vehicles speeding through school zones.  Local trends show that the number of violations occurring at locations with speed safety cameras has decreased by 35 percent. High speed violations issued for exceeding the posted speed limit by 16 to 20 mph have dropped by 42 percent.

“Our goal is to make Renton roadways safer as drivers modify their driving habits and realize they can no longer speed through school zones,” added Curry. “The steady decline in school zone speeding violations indicates that our school zone safety program is succeeding. School zone speed cameras create a safer environment for pedestrians and motorists and also free up police resources to focus on the mission of promoting overall public safety.”

Renton has installed school zone speed safety cameras at three schools since 2008. Road safety cameras are located by McKnight Middle School, Renton High School and Talbot Hill Elementary School. The school zone speed enforcement technology activates when vehicles exceed the speed limit by 6 mph. The registered owner of the offending vehicle will receive a ticket for $124 if the 20 mph school zone speed limit is exceeded by 6 to 15 mph and $250 if the speed is exceeded by 16 mph or more.

For more information on Renton’s traffic safety camera program, visit rentonwa.gov.