School's open -- so slow down in school zones

There are 13 fixed speed zone cameras in Seattle. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- Slowdown in school zones, that's the message from the Seattle Police Department.

More than 54,000 students returned to school Wednesday by bus, car, bike or walk in Seattle, the largest school district in the Washington.

Like in all school districts, keeping students safe is a top priority in the city.

There are 13 fixed speed zone cameras in Seattle, in areas known for collisions, complaints and prior traffic troubles.

Seattle police say last year more than 68,00 tickets were issued to speeders. Most of those drivers were traveling 6 to 10 miles over the 20-mph speed limit in school zones. A few violators were going double the limit.

"If a child and we never want a child to be hit ... and if a child were to be hit at 20 mph per hour, the likelihood of that child surviving that collision would be significantly greater, than if they were hit at 25 or 30 or even worse." Capt. Eric Sano of the Seattle Police Department said.

All photo-enforced cameras issue tickets through automation from an outside agency.

The cameras are on from early September through late July.

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