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Photo Enforcement Speed Camera Citations to begin October 15 at Talbot Hill Elementary

October 13, 2008

For more information contact:

Kent Curry, Police Commander, Patrol Services, Renton Police Department 425-430-7555
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-630-6569

RENTON:  Starting October 15, 2008 the City of Renton will begin issuing citations to motorists who exceed the speed limit at Talbot Hill Elementary School. 

The registered owners of the offending cars will receive a notice of infraction in the amount of $124.00 when the speed violation is 6 to 15 miles per hour over the posted school zone speed.  If the violation speed exceeds 15 miles per hour the penalty is $250.00.

The citations that will be issued to violators at Talbot Hill Elementary following a 30-day warning period that was effective after the cameras were installed in September. During this time a total of 1465 warning notices were sent to violators at Talbot Hill Elementary School.  The city has also installed speed cameras at McKnight Middle School and Renton High School.

In addition to the warning signs currently installed, for a limited time the city added additional signs near the school-zone intersections to alert drivers to the school zones and provide ample warning of the speed cameras.

The cameras operate during school hours and capture still photographs and video of every vehicle that exceeds the school zone speed limit.  Each fixed speed site is posted with a photo enforcement sign that complies with the standards set forth in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control devices approved for school zones.

The City of Renton has a contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to provide the photo enforcement program.  ATS is installing and maintaining all equipment related to this program and process. If a violation occurs, a notice of infraction will be sent to the vehicle’s owner.  Violators may view a 12-second video clip through the website www.ViolationInfo.com, provided by ATS.

Photos are not taken until the law is broken, and the cameras only capture pictures of the rear of the offending vehicle and license plate. These cameras pose no threat to privacy and cut down on vehicles violating speed regulations during school hours.

The registered owner who receives the notice can pay the fine using one of the following methods: online at www.ViolationInfo.com, by mail, by phone using a credit card, or in person at Renton Municipal Court. Violators may also request a hearing on the notice of infraction. More information on these options is available on the web pages of the Renton Police Department or Renton Municipal Court at rentonwa.gov.

For more information on Renton’s Photo Enforcement Program, visit rentonwa.gov.