Chesapeake police to install cameras in school zones

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Chesapeake Police have announced they will be installing at least 10 speed zone cameras before the end of the 2022 school year.

“We are going to have 10 cameras in the next two months and we are going to have two portable cameras. They will be installed in 10 schools with flashing signs. Then from there we will evaluate over the year to determine if they need to be moved or if we need to add additional cameras,” said Chesapeake Police Officer Marc Lawrence.

The cameras will be installed in designated areas with flashing signs to let drivers know that the speed limit is 25 in school zones. The cameras will be photo applied and will record the license plate, a photo of the license plate, a second image with the same data and a corresponding video with all this data as secondary verification.

Once the data is recorded, it is sent to the police department for approval.

In a school example by the police department, they received data that informed them of a potential 2,000 speeding ticket during flashing school zone hours in a school zone.

The fine is currently set at $100. The fine money will be funneled into various programs that the police department currently has.

“All of these things ensure that the services the police department provides to the city and the citizens are what is needed and that’s just more money going into it so that we can provide better services to everyone” , said Constable Lawrence.

A 30-day warning period will come into effect once the cameras are installed. The police will send offenders a warning letter during this period, but after that you will be fined.

Chesapeake Police expects the cameras to be up and running before the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Officer Lawrence told News 3 that two cameras will be installed in each of the five police stations. There will also be two traveling cameras.

A parent from the Deep Creek area said, “Maybe it will make people slow down. It would be great. I respect the speed limit, so I don’t have to worry about it. they are the ones who will get a ticket. They don’t care about kids, which should be a concern.

To begin, cameras will be installed in the following school zones:

Large Middle Bridge
Southeast Primary School
Rena B Wright Elementary
Intermediate Sparrow
Deep Creek High, Middle and Elementary
Deep Creek Central Elementary and Hugo Owens Middle
West Branch High, Medium, Intermediate, Primary
Southwest Elementary School
Greenbrier Middle
Greenbrier Christian Academy

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