Speed cameras in Chesapeake school zones detect more than 1,400 speeding motorists – in 2 weeks – The Virginian-Pilot
More than 1,400 motorists were caught speeding through Chesapeake school zones in the last two weeks of May, and the police department’s new speed cameras have the videos to prove it.
The Chesapeake Police Department levied more than $140,000 in fines May 18-31 after two of the department’s 10 school zone radars were put into operation. Cameras captured motorists speeding through school zones near Greenbrier Christian Academy and Chittum Primary School.
The Radars program was launched in April with two radars. Similar to red light cameras, the cameras capture photos of vehicles traveling faster than the posted speed of 25 mph in a school zone.
“Nobody wants a quote. Getting the mail and seeing you have a citation in that mail is not a good feeling,” said Constable Marc Lawrence, who hopes the tickets will help deter motorists from driving too fast.
The $140,000 will go towards the cost of cameras and installation, which total $370,000.
Drivers who receive a citation can review the evidence online.
“We know this is a new technology that we use. We know there will be questions and frustration. We know there can be problems. We will work with citizens to resolve any issues they may have,” Lawrence said.
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Lawrence said the police department uses the cameras to protect the safety of students, teachers and crossing guards.
“Nowadays we have so many things that could get in the way of us driving safely. It’s a stark reminder that we need to focus on driving safely in school zones,” Lawrence said.
All 10 cameras have been installed, but the other eight are still inactive as the department tests them.
The cameras were placed near Great Bridge Middle School; southeast primary; Primary Rena B. Wright; Intermediate sparrow; Deep Creek Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; Hugo Owens Middle and Deep Creek Central Schools; the 3000 block of Tire Neck in the Western Branch middle, elementary, middle and high schools; Southwestern Primary; Greenbrier College; and the Greenbrier Christian Academy.
Lawrence defined “success” of the speed camera program as all motorists staying within the 25 mph speed limit in school zones.
“But we can only achieve this goal with the help of citizens and drivers,” Lawrence said.
Caitlyn Burchett, 727-267-6059, [email protected]