Manatee commissioners consider speed enforcement cameras for school zones

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Commissioners in Manatee County are considering installing speed enforcement cameras in school zones.

Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge said the system could correct a daily problem.

“If they didn’t notice, the driver didn’t notice they were in a school zone, perhaps the driver didn’t notice the child on the side of the road or crossing the road or the crossing guard stepping out either,” he said.

According to Van Ostenbridge, more than 15 drivers speed through school zones at more than 11 miles per hour over the speed limit every day. Recently passed legislation allows enforcement cameras to be installed in school zones.

Under the new law, each county has to pass its ordinance to put cameras in place.

Drivers caught going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit 30 minutes before or after school could be fined $100.

Van Ostenbridge said the vendor selected by the county will cover all out-of-pocket costs for the cameras and installation in the county’s 67 school zones.

“There will be warning signs placed up about 2 weeks prior to them being turned on so people have ample opportunity to be notified that those are going to be taking effect. Even once they’re active there will still be signs letting them know that the cameras are active,” he said.

According to the commissioner, they’d like to have the system installed by the start of the 2024-25 school year. He said they’d also consider cameras on school buses in the future.

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