Be warned: new traffic cameras in Lake Forest Park

Friday, January 28, 2011

Traffic Safety Camera Installed in School Zone on 40th Place NE

Traffic and speeding vehicles are a major concern in Lake Forest Park. Neighborhood complaints about speeders and cut-through traffic continue to be the top concerns of citizens. The City has installed two traffic cameras in school zones. The results of the cameras have been a significant reduction in the speed of traffic in the City.

The traffic safety cameras have been placed in school zones. On 40th Place NE, students walk to and from school walk. There is a school route through NE 186th Street to Lake Forest Park Elementary school. In the existing school zone, on 40th Place NE, the City has had a flashing light to warn drivers that they are in a school zone and to encourage drivers to reduce speeds. However, a recent evaluation of the number and speed of drivers indicates over 400 cars a week continue to speed during the times when children are most likely to be present.

The Council authorized the placement of an additional traffic safety camera in December. The neighbors have been notified about the camera. During December, some of the electrical work was completed for the installation of the cameras.

The City has begun a 30-day warning period for drivers exceeding the speed limit. During the warning period drivers will receive a warning in the mail.

Starting in March 1, 2011, drivers who exceed the speed limit will receive a citation. The citation is treated like a parking ticket and does not affect your driver’s license. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are here

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