Bellevue to use cameras to capture speeders starting Monday
Starting Monday, speeders caught in Bellevue elementary school zones can expect a $124 fine.
For a month, speeders near Stevenson and Lake Hills elementary schools were given warnings. More than 1,000 were sent in September, according to a city spokesperson.
"Our goal is to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety near elementary schools, where so many children are present," Bellevue Police Capt. John Manning said in a statement. "We urge drivers to become aware of their speed and slow down in school zones."
The automated cameras capture vehicle images, a license plate and also an incident video. The cameras were installed as part of a pilot program approved by the Bellevue City Council. City officials said the areas near Stevenson and Lake Hills elementary schools had a history of speeders.
The Bellevue cameras are managed by American Traffic Solutions, the same company that manages the Seattle red-light cameras. Bellevue police say an officer will review each case before a ticket is issued, and Seattle police review camera cases here.