This year alone, there have been eight pedestrian deaths in Gwinnett County. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association statistics show Georgia as one of five states contributing to almost half of all pedestrian deaths in the United States.
To curtail those numbers, the Gwinnett Police Department will launch the School Zone Safety Program at four schools within unincorporated Gwinnett.
Earlier this year, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the installation of school zone speed detection cameras. The cameras help reduce speeds around schools and increase safety for students, staff and motorists.
On Monday, Nov. 8, the first of four planned cameras began operating at Duncan Creek Elementary School in Hoschton. Signs have been installed notifying drivers that the camera is operational.
For the first 30 days warnings will be issued. Beginning Dec. 8, 2021, the camera will begin issuing violations.
In addition, cameras will be installed at Anderson-Livsey Elementary in Snellville, Graves Elementary in Norcross and Gainesville’s Lanier High School by early next year. Additional schools may be added and announced later.
Each camera will begin with a 30-day warning period.
When a violation is flagged by the camera, an officer will confirm the violation before a ticket is issued. Tickets will be sent to violators through the mail have detailed instructions on how to pay the fine. The first fine is $75 and subsequent fines are $125.
Because these violations are considered civil in nature, no points will be assessed on the driver’s license. If the violation is not resolved, the vehicle’s registration will be suspended and title transfer will be blocked.
“Drivers should be mindful of the times when speed limits are reduced around schools which vary from school to school but also be aware that the cameras will issue violations throughout the school day when school is in session,” said Gwinnett County Police spokesperson J.R. Richter.
The cameras will begin issuing citations one hour before school starts in the morning and for one hour after the end of the school day.