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Speed Cameras Near School Zones in Alexandria Active Sept. 18


ALEXANDRIA, VA – The school zone speed camera program that the City of Alexandria tested toward the end of last year will be fully active Sept. 18. Before that day, a brief warning period will occur when school starts Aug. 21.

Cameras have been placed at the following school zones: Francis Hammond Middle School (Seminary Road, between Kenmore Avenue and North Jordan Street); John Adams Elementary School and Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School (North Beauregard Street, between North Highview Lane and Reading Avenue); and George Washington Middle School (Mount Vernon Avenue, between Braddock Road and Luray Avenue).

Photo courtesy City of Alexandria

According to an Alexandria eNews bulletin these locations were chosen by the city “using a data-driven process that considered factors such as crash history, traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, and age and number of students.”

Each school zone is a quarter of a mile long and has a speed limit of 15 MPH when signs are flashing, which is when the cameras are programmed to record. The signs are visible to drivers and inform them they are entering a speed camera zone.

The cameras automatically record violations, which are then reviewed by a police officer. If a violation is found, a ticket will be mailed to the vehicle’s owner, lessee, or renter. The maximum fine is $100.

City Council approved an ordinance permitting the use of speed cameras in school and work zones last October. [SEE ALSO: Tons of Trucks Returns Sept.9]

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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