SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Police Department is cracking down on drivers speeding in school zones.
It’s been one month since the department activated speed cameras in five school zones in Chatham County. In that time, CCPD says they’ve written hundreds of warnings each week.
Starting Thursday, the warning period ends and police will start writing tickets. CCPD is concerned those will be in the hundreds each week, too.
“We really don’t want to write any tickets, and we certainly don’t want to be writing hundreds of them,” said Betsy Nolen with CCPD. “We’re just asking people to follow the law, and use the extra caution that we should all be using in school zones.”
According to police, the cameras are activated an hour before the start of school and stay active the entire day until one hour after the final school bell.
The cameras are enforcing the posted speed limit, which changes over the course of the day in most school zones.
Bottom line: drivers going more than 10 miles per hour over that posted speed limit could face a ticket.
Cameras are active around Georgetown K-8, May Howard Elementary, Coastal Middle and Marshpoint Elementary and St. Andrews School.
An officer will review each violation before a citation is mailed to the vehicle’s owner.
As a civil issue, a ticket won’t take points off of a license, but it will result in a fine of $75, plus a $25 processing fee. Subsequent offenses would carry a fine of $125, plus a $25 processing fee.
CCPD says proper signage is displayed to give drivers the opportunity to slow down before entering the enforcement zone.