Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More Speed Cameras Around Some Schools

From the Times:

Starting Monday, Nov. 26, $189 tickets will be automatically mailed to registered owners of vehicles caught speeding past cameras installed in four Seattle school zones. Those zones are near Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Olympic View Elementary and Gatewood Elementary.

Before setting up the new speed cameras, the department coordinated with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) last year to analyze which school zones could benefit most, Doss said. Despite the installation of more than 50 sets of flashing yellow beacons in school zones across the city, speeding was a persistent problem around several schools. Eventually four areas were chosen for the speed cameras.

School principals were contacted about the pilot program and supportive of it, according to police spokesman Jeff Kappel.


Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to know how many of these speeders are parents. When I do bus duty, i notice parents are the ones racing down the side streets. And in spite of staff requests that they walk across streets at the corners, they often cross mid street. Very poor examples to their children.

Bus duty staffer

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see some of the ones caught on Greenwood. I've seen more close calls and speeders there - even this morning, lights flashing, kids in the crosswalk - and a black pickup swerves out from behind me, speeds up, runs the light, and cruises past the school going at least 40mph.


Pete said...

where are the traffic cops?

Josh Hayes said...

No kidding, Pete - yesterday I watched as I sat, stopped, behind an offloading yellow bus, its red lights flashing, the little "STOP" sign extended, as a car came flying down the road in the other direction and just blew right past the bus. And this was TWO BLOCKS from the police station! Maybe the guy was in a hurry to turn himself in?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the busses need those "Gotcha" cameras! SPD patrol officers can't be everywhere.


Kristin said...

I'd like for the SPS to take responsibility for their bus drivers, we had a school bus go SO fast right down 117th in front of Pinehurst the other day...I tweeted about it to them so hopefully they did SOMETHING about it. It was a school bus dropping off kids from another school right across the street from the Pinehurst Entrance. Close to lots of kids and the parents picking them up.