Hank Silverberg, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – It’s back-to-school time for about 2.5 million kids in the D.C. area over the next few weeks and that means extra care for drivers. It also means more clicking for school zone speed cameras.
Prince George’s County in Md. and Fauquier County in Va. will be the first school districts to open doors on Monday.
That is a reminder for drivers to slow down in school zones where many youngsters will be crossing the street. Some of the younger ones may be walking to school for the first time.
In case you need more incentive to slow down there’s this statistic.
Prince George’s county’s police department issued 349,233 tickets from automated cameras in school zones during the 2011-2012 school year, according to AAA. They cost the violator $40 each and netted the county more than $5 million.
John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says Prince George’s county is reducing the number of cameras in school zones this year to 56, down from 120. However, he notes other districts in Maryland are installing them.
“Most of the jurisdictions will be focusing on school zones, as a matter of fact that’s the way the law is written,” he says.
D.C., Montgomery and Loudoun counties will open school on August 27.
City of Alexandria and the Fairfax and Prince William county public schools open Sept. 4. Arlington’s schools open Sept. 6.
AAA has issued six guidelines to keep students safe during the school year.
(Copyright 2012 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)