Alexandria to Install Speed Cameras Near Four ACPS Schools
Speed cameras are being installed this spring near four Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS):
- Francis C. Hammond Middle School on Seminary Road, between Kenmore Avenue and North Jordan Street.
- John Adams Elementary School and Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School on North Beauregard Street, between North Highview Lane and Reading Avenue.
- George Washington Middle School on Mount Vernon Avenue, between Braddock Road and Luray Avenue.
ACPS, the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services collaborated on selecting speed camera locations. After the speed cameras have been installed this spring, they will undergo a testing phase and warning notices will be issued to motorists when warranted. The program is expected to go fully live at the start of the 2023-24 academic year, at which point citations will be issued to violators.
The Alexandria City Council included funding for the speed cameras in school zones as part of its fiscal year 2023 city budget. The decision is in keeping with the city’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate severe and fatal crashes by 2028. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, speed cameras are a proven safety countermeasure and can reduce crashes by more than 50%.
Alexandria joins several communities across Virginia in implementing a speed camera program. In 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed a law authorizing the use of speed cameras in school and work zones.
- school safety