Last updated 10/30/2019 @ 9:42 a.m.
Richmond Hill, GA – Richmond Hill City Council unanimously approved the implementation of speed enforcement devices to be utilized in both school zones inside the city limits during their October 29th Mayor & City Council meeting.
Georgia passed a law in 2018 allowing for the use of speed detection devices by municipalities in school zones, with a permit. The law allows the devices to be used during the one-hour school zone in the morning and afternoon and also while school is in session. The law stipulates drivers must be recorded on camera going an excess of 10 mph over the posted speed limit. Fines for a first offense are set at $75, regardless of the speed over 10 mph, and $125 for each subsequent offense.
This decision follows a presentation made by Blue Line Solutions back at the council’s July 16th meeting.
Here is that presentation, which starts at the 2:15 mark:
Based on a 5-day traffic study performed in front of Richmond Hill High School, it was discovered that during the one-hour school zone in both the morning and afternoon, between 75% and 90% of the vehicles that drove through the active school zone were traveling at least 11 mph over the 25 mph posted speed limit.
According to a representative from Blue Line, a driver will receive 3 warnings in the form of signs and/or flashing lights as they approach the speed enforcement area, giving them an opportunity to slow down. If the vehicle enters the speed enforcement area traveling over the set speed tolerance, which Georgia law says is greater than 10 mph over the posted speed limit, a photo is taken of the offender’s license plate. The photo and information about the infraction is then sent to Blue Line’s office where it’s processed to make sure the tag is clearly visible and that it matches the offending vehicle.
Once the photo is validated, the owner of the vehicle will receive a civil citation in the mail. All communication regarding the citation is handled between the vehicle owner and Blue Line Solutions. If the vehicle owner declines to respond to the citation, they will not be able to renew their license plates until their balance is paid.
There are never any out-of-pocket costs charged to the City of Richmond Hill by Blue Line Solutions for set up and processing. Blue Line and the City of Richmond Hill will then split any revenue created using these speed enforcement devices.
According to Captain Fowler of the Richmond Hill Police Department, these devices will allow city officers to be enforcing laws elsewhere, while the automatic devices enforce speed in the school zones on their behalf.
The goal is to have the speed enforcement devices fully operational before the 2020 school year.