Traffic cameras will soon go live near Cherokee High School, in Canton police’s efforts to curb speeding in school zones.
Automated speed detection devices will go live Oct. 4, Canton Police Department announced Thursday. The cameras will operate on all school days from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to enforce the school zone speed limit of 35 mph on Marietta Highway.
“We are hopeful that automated enforcement will encourage drivers to slow down and obey the law,” Canton Police Chief Stephen Merrifield said in a statement. “Traffic fatalities are the number one cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 and for young adults aged 15 to 29. Very minimal reductions in speed make the roads a lot safer, especially for children.”
Canton Police said the cameras will target the most egregious speeders exceeding more than 11 mph over the 35-mph school zone speed limit.
The enforcement program uses multi-dimensional radar that tracks and monitors up to 350 cars simultaneously, the department said, and is accurate within 0.1 mph. Detailed maintenance and testing logs are maintained at all the times, and no speeding tickets are issued within any possible margin of error.
“A sworn officer reviews and approves each violation before a citation is issued,” a release from Canton Police said.
A 30-day warning period will begin Oct. 4 after the system in front of Cherokee High School goes live. After the warning period, fines are $75 for the first violation and $125 for subsequent citations. Payments for citations can either be made by mail, online or by phone.
Canton Police said the department will be installing new signage to indicate the school zone speed limit will be enforced by cameras.
Automated school zone speed detection began last year in Canton at Hasty Elementary, and there are plans to introduce the system near Teasley Middle School.
In announcing the system, Canton Police said a person is about 70 percent more likely to be killed if they are struck by a vehicle traveling 30 mph versus 25 mph.
“Small difference in speed make a huge difference, especially in school zones,” the release said.