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School Zone Speed Enforcement FAQ

Earlier this year the City Council approved the implementation of a school zone photo enforcement camera pilot at John Muir Elementary/Kamiakin Middle School, and Rose Hill Elementary. The primary goal of the pilot is to use the automated enforcement cameras to reduce speeds in school zones thereby reducing the risk of serious injuries or fatalities from collisions. Aside from the goal of traffic safety, the secondary goal of the project is to encourage people to use alternative modes to school, like walking or biking, rather than automobiles. 

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the proposed pilot.

2019 Annual Automated Traffic Safety Camera Report
Per RCW 46.63.170 cities using automated traffic safety cameras must post an annual report of the number of traffic accidents that occurred at each location where an automated traffic safety camera is located, as well as the number of notices of infraction issued for each camera on the city’s website.
The below data comprises the number of accidents and citations issued at each respective school zone where traffic safety cameras are deployed.

In addition to the above RCW requirements, KMC 12.14.100 also states that the city shall post an annual report that includes the effectiveness of traffic safety cameras on slowing speeds and improving school safety. The below data comprises the number of accidents and citations issued at each respective school zone where traffic safety cameras are deployed, as well as the effectiveness of these cameras on slowing speeds and improving school safety.

School Zone Collisions 
13900 - 14200 Blk 132nd Ave NE 2
12600 - 13100 Blk NE 80th St 2

Location Number of Citations Issued
NB 132nd Ave NE 1,262
SB 132nd Ave NE 3,120
EB NE 80th St 587
WB NE 80th St 598

The average number of citations issued per zone, per day, continues to go down, showing promise that the school safety zone camera program is being effective in reducing the number of speeding vehicles in these locations.

October: 35.57 average citations per zone, per day
November: 29.93 average citations per zone, per day
December: 24.85 average citations per zone, per day

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11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

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