School zone speed enforcement cameras will be activated at Mark Morris High School for the first time on Jan. 6.
The first 30 days of the program will be a warning period. Camera testing began Monday and will continue sporadically until Jan. 6. During the testing, the cameras will flash but no warnings will be issued, according to a Longview Police Department press release.
The cameras will operate between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., a time period established by the Longview School District and the city.
The first school-zone cameras went up in 2011 at Mint Valley and Columbia Valley Gardens elementary schools. The program was expanded at the start of this school year to include Olympic, Kessler and St. Helens elementary schools.
In April, the Longview City Council approved speed cameras for five additional schools, but the city delayed action at Mark Morris and Northlake Elementary School because those buildings were considered for closure under a citizens committee consolidation plan. The Aug. 6 primary election, in which the decisive defeat of two school board incumbents was widely interpreted as opposition to the merger proposal, has set back any major school consolidation discussions for now.
Police continue to see reductions in the number of speeding vehicles in camera-monitored school zones. The 2013 report on photo enforcement will be given to the Longview City Council next spring and posted on the city’s website, www.mylongview.com/police.
For questions about the photo enforcement program, call Longview police at 360-442-5800. Photo enforcement tickets can be paid online at www.violationinfo.com.
Longview police issued the following number of school-zone speed camera violations in November:
- Mint Valley Elementary: 93 tickets
- Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary: 75 tickets
- St. Helens Elementary: 186 tickets
- Olympic Elementary: 105 tickets
- Kessler Elementary: 122 tickets
Change year-to-date from January-November 2012 to the same period in 2013
School — 2012 — 2013 — % change
Columbia Valley Gardens — 921 — 668 — (-27%)
Mint Valley — 1,108 — 833 (-25%)
Source: Longview Police Department