In 2018, Governor Deal approved a state law that allows police to install license reader cameras in school zones in an effort to make school zones safer. The city has partnered with RedSpeed, who has worked previously with such counties and cities as Henry County, Clayton County, City of Lilburn and City of Duluth, to install cameras that can read license plates of any motorist speeding in a designated school zone. Four schools have been identified that have a higher number of speeding issues and accidents within their designated school zones for this initial installment: Beaver Ruin Elementary, Summerour Middle, Baldwin Elementary and Norcross Elementary.
The cameras were installed and have been operational since February 1st. We are currently in a 30-day period in which only warnings will be issued, however beginning March 1st tickets will be issued for any motorists going at least 11 miles over the speed limit. Fees will range from $75-$125 and any driver that does not pay the issued ticket will not be able to register their vehicle until paid in full.
It is important to note that these cameras will monitor at least one hour before start of school and one hour after school because these are times when our kids are walking to and from the school. The cameras will be programmed around school schedules for the calendar year and will not monitor during non-school times.
For any questions, please contact the police department, 770-448-2111.