Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced five new locations for future school zone speed cameras at locations across Seattle. The existing school zone cameras have led to a combined 16 percent reduction in citations for speeding across the four schools.
“The public has been clear that we need to do more to protect children as they travel to and from school,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The data shows that the existing cameras are helping improve safety near schools by reducing travel speed and cameras should be installed at additional schools.”
“Increasing safety in our school zone and beyond continues to be a high priority for me and for our school community,” said Sherri Kokx, principal of Nathan Eckstein Middle School, a potential location for future school zone traffic cameras. “School zone cameras are one more tool that can help increase safety.”
Last fall, the City installed school zone speed cameras in four locations – Broadview-Thomson K-8, Olympic View, Gatewood, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary Schools – in an effort to reduce speeding in school zones. The four existing school zone camera locations have seen an average reduction of 16 percent in citations for speeding, from the week of December 10 to the week of April 22.
The City identified future locations for cameras at five schools based on an analysis of documented speeding problems that showed these schools would receive the greatest speed reduction and safety benefit from automated speed enforcement. These new cameras would be funded by revenues from the four existing camera locations and would be installed in early 2014, pending City Council approval of funding:
- Bailey Gatzert Elementary, on East Yesler Way (Westbound only)
- Dearborn Park Elementary on South Orcas St
- Nathan Eckstein Middle School on Northeast 75th Street
- Roxhill Elementary on Southwest Roxbury
- Holy Family Parish School on Southwest Roxbury