Update: I had originally posted the info below because of an incident at Chief Sealth where two girls were struck by a car during school hours. However, it turns out the woman who hit the girls meant to.
Allegedly there was an altercation over a dog, the woman tried to use a stun gun on one girl, couldn't catch her and then got in her car, circled the block and hit the two girls head-on. The woman then drove off. One girl was released from the hospital but the older victim is in critical condition. The woman turned herself into police, claiming she felt threatened by the girls.
End of update.
Unbelievable. From the Times:
Mayor Mike McGinn said he expected traffic cameras near four Seattle
schools to catch a lot of speeding drivers when the devices went live
But almost 6,000 in less than a month?
"We were surprised," McGinn said.
Because there were so many speeders, the warning-citation period that
was to end this week has been extended to Monday, Dec. 10, he said.
From that day on, the registered owners of vehicles caught driving
faster than 20 mph in those school zones while beacons are flashing will
receive a $189 ticket in the mail.
Cameras have been installed in front of Broadview-Thomson K-8 School
on Greenwood Avenue North, near Thurgood Marshall Elementary on Martin
Luther King Jr. Way South, Gatewood Elementary on Fauntleroy Avenue
Southwest and Olympic View Elementary on Fifth Avenue Northeast.
Seattle police say the cameras are recording all day, but drivers
will be ticketed for speeding only when the school-zone beacons are
flashing — times when children are most likely to be walking to and from
school. Like red-light cameras at some intersections, the camera shoots
a picture of the license plate.
The speed-camera pilot project is scheduled to end June 30, 2013,
unless the City Council decides to extend it. Before approving any more
cameras, the City Council will release a report by June 7 detailing how
effective the cameras have been in improving safety.
Either some people are just driving on auto-pilot or there's a lot of people out there who simply don't care. Maybe a $200 ticket might get their attention.