SDOT adding a school zone safety camera at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School on 35th Ave SW between SW Willow St and SW Othello
information from Seattle Department of Transportation
School goes back into session starting next week! That means sharing the road with children walking, biking and taking the bus to school. We all have a part to play to keep kids and families safe: drive the speed limit, obey signs, and expect more families and kids on our sidewalks and streets.
People driving should slow down and pay attention. Follow the speed limit to avoid getting a ticket when school zone safety cameras are turned back on.
Starting on September 1, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will turn on school zone safety cameras throughout Seattle. Cameras are located around the city and automatically send tickets to drivers photographed speeding. Lights on the signs will flash on school days during arrival and dismissal, warning drivers to slow down, keep our students safe, and avoid getting a ticket in the mail.
Follow the speed limit to avoid getting a ticket when school zone safety cameras are turned back on.
School zone safety cameras only operate when the school zone flashing beacons operating. We set the flashing beacon schedule based on when students arrive and leave school grounds. To determine what school zones require a safety camera, SDOT looks into criteria such as vehicle speed, traffic counts, and geographical balance. Check out this brochure to find the locations and specific times of operations for school safety cameras in your neighborhood.
Currently, there are 14 schools that have safety cameras in the Seattle area, including two new additions at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School on 35th Ave SW between SW Willow St and SW Othello in West Seattle and Whitter Elementary School on NW 80th Street between 12th Avenue NW and 14th Avenue NW in Crown Hill.
The speed limit is 20 mph near schools and along residential streets that don’t have a dividing yellow center line. For most other streets with a dividing center line or multiple lanes, the speed limit is 25 mph, unless you see a sign specifically saying otherwise. Over the past year, SDOT has lowered speed limits throughout the entire city and on many state routes as part of our Vision Zero effort to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.
The goal is to improve safety by reducing speeds, not to issue tickets. Driving the speed limit saves lives. Lower speeds help prevent car crashes, and also drastically reduce the likelihood that someone hit by a car will be killed. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 20 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 mph, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
They need to put up a camera and police person standing on the sidewalks in front of and on the hill by their field of Holy Family School in White Center to slow down all the idiots speeding up both hills.
Extremely many many many years ago an adult woman who was the crossing guard in front of Holy Family School was hit by a car at the crosswalk, probably over 20 years ago. This was in the local newspaper. I think all of them the idiots who are also speeding up the other hill need to slow the flip down the hill cars are now going up so they don’t have to go up Rockbuy Hill and idiots who are speeding in residential streets to avoid driving along 16th Avenue in White Center need to slow down before a person is killed walking in front of their homes or pulling out of their driveway.