Canton Police Department Initiate School Zone Speed Enforcement
CANTON, GEORGIA - A news report posted on patch.com states that the Canton Police Department will be targeting speeders who are exceeding more than 11 mph over the speed limit in school zones. The campaign will begin October 4, 2021, and the Canton Police Department will be using speed detection devices to enforce the posted speed limit at Cherokee High School.
The enforcement will also use the automated school zone cameras that had been installed over the summer. Automated enforcement started last year at Hasty Elementary. Moreover, Teasley Middle School is being scheduled for the program.
The program was launched following a nationwide increase in pedestrian deaths over the past ten years. Georgia has become one of the five deadliest states for pedestrians, with the seventh-highest fatality rate in the nation.
The Canton Police Department carried out speed studies for all of the city's school zones, which generated more than 3,000 speeding violations in one day. Automated enforcement has been endorsed as a safety tool by AAA, the Governor's Highway Safety Association, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the National Safety Council.
Chief Stephen Merrifield believes the speed cameras will encourage motorists to reduce their speed. Merrifield stated that traffic deaths are the "number one cause of death for children aged 5 to 14, and for young adults aged 15 to 29."
The Canton program targets the most flagrant speeders who exceed the posted school zone speed limit by 11 or more MPH. The speed cameras will be active only on school days and run from one hour before school starts until an hour after school. A sworn law enforcement officer will review and approve each violation prior to issuing a speeding citation. A 30-day warning notice will be issued before any speeding citations are issued.
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