When school starts Sept. 4, drivers will need to hit the brakes in five Longview school zones or risk a minimum $124 ticket.
The city of Longview is expanding its photo-enforced school speed camera program to include the St. Helens, Kessler and Olympic elementary School zones. Drivers exceeding the 20 mph speed limit in the three new school zones will receive a warning for 30 days after the cameras are turned on.
Speed cameras have been in the Columbia Valley Garden and Mint Valley Elementary School zones since March 2011. Those cameras will start enforcement again the first day of school. No warnings will be issued in these two school zones.
The new camera locations, approved by the City Council, were chosen based on speed data collected in school zones as well as recommendations from the Longview School District.
In the two years since cameras were installed at CVG and Mint Valley, speed violations in both schools have decreased by about 37 percent, from an average of 297 speed violations per month in both school zones in 2011 to an average of 186 per month in 2013.
“This program is about reducing the number of speeding vehicles in school zones, and in turn, improving the safety of our children. The program is working,” Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha stated in a press release.