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School Zone Speed Camera Program Goes Live Next Week on Sept. 18, 2023

School Zone Speed Camera Program Goes Live Next Week on Sept. 18, 2023

The City of Alexandria’s new school zone speed camera program will go live and begin issuing paid citations on Sept. 18, 2023. Speed cameras are in the following school zones:

  • Francis Hammond Middle School (Seminary Road, between Kenmore Avenue and North Jordan Street).
  • John Adams Elementary School and Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School (North Beauregard Street, between North Highview Lane and Reading Avenue).
  • George Washington Middle School (Mount Vernon Avenue, between Braddock Road and Luray Avenue).

The city wants families to be aware of some additional key information: 

  • Speed cameras are only active when school speed limit signs are flashing.
  • Each school zone is approximately a quarter mile in length and has a 15 MPH speed limit.
  • Citations are $100 and will be sent via U.S. mail.
  • Signs are in place to inform drivers they are entering a speed camera zone.
  • If you receive a citation in the mail, follow the instructions on the citation to make your payment or dispute the violation.

The city conducted a two-week warning period in June at the end of the 2022-23 academic year, and an additional warning period from August 21 through September 15, 2023.

The city selected the speed camera locations using a data-driven process that considered factors such as crash history, traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, and age and number of students.

The Alexandria City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the use of speed cameras in school zones and work zones in October 2022, and funding for five speed cameras was included in the Fiscal Year 2023 Approved Budget.

The city is committed to providing Safe Routes to School, and vehicle speed is among the top cited concerns by parents and guardians when asked about their children’s safety when walking or biking to school. Speed cameras are a proven safety countermeasure that can reduce the number of crashes by more than 50%, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Automated enforcement also enables the city to utilize police resources in other high-priority areas.

Speed cameras automatically record speed limit violations using radar technology. A sworn law enforcement officer must affirm a violation took place before a citation is sent.

Visit for more information about the city’s speed camera program.

  • 2023-24
  • The City of Alexandria
  • school safety