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Effingham County began implementing an automated speed enforcement program in October of 2021. The purpose of the program was to reduce the number of speeding vehicles traveling through school zones, thus reducing the likelihood of crashes, or injuries, especially those involving children. The school zone safety program includes 9 schools. Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Blue Line Solutions, LLC, established an extensive program that emphasizes safety, education, and information components not usually utilized in photo-speed enforcement programs.
The total traffic count during the hours (7:20 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.) was 153,682. Of those, 38,247 (25%) were speeding 11+MPH above the speed limit. Our goal is 100% Compliance.
Automated speed enforcement in Gwinnett County is only in school zones. School zones are clearly marked with signage that the school zones are monitored, and speed limits are enforced by automated speed enforcement technology. It should be assumed that automated speed enforcement technology is monitoring all school zones.
During active school zone hours, (posted and marked at each school) the speed limit is reduced to the marked, allowable speed limit. During those hours, the reduced speed limits are enforced. The posted speed limits are enforced 1 hour before school is in session and 1 hour after school releases.
(a)(1) The speed limit within any school zone as provided for in Code Section 40-14-8 and marked pursuant to Code Section 40-14-6 may be enforced by using photographically recorded images for violations which occurred only on a school day during the time in which instructional classes are taking place and one hour before such classes are scheduled to begin and for one hour after such classes have concluded when such violations are in excess of ten miles per hour over the speed limit.
H.B. 40-14-18 Section 9
No, according to state law, automated citations issued in school zones are only issued to drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.
First violations are $75.00 and a second or any subsequent violations are $125.00. Up to a $25.00 processing fee may be added to each violation. Payments are due by the “Pay By” date listed on the citation.
The owner of a motor vehicle shall be liable for a civil monetary penalty to the governing body of the law enforcement agency provided for in paragraph (2) of this subsection if such vehicle is found, as evidenced by photographically recorded images, to have been operated in disregard or disobedience of the speed limit within any school zone and such disregard or disobedience was not otherwise authorized by law. The amount of such civil monetary penalty shall be $75.00 for a first violation and $125.00 for a second or any subsequent violation, in addition to fees associated with the electronic processing of such civil monetary penalty which shall not exceed $25.00.
The easiest and most convenient payment method is via the web. The following link may be used.
Online at: https://www.violationpayment.net/pay-view-citation.html
You may also mail a check or money order to the address printed on the citation and pre-printed return envelope.
Payment by phone: Call 855.252.0086. Please patiently and thoroughly listen to the prompts. If you wish to speak to a representative, press "9" or "0". Representatives can look up your citation by name, notice number, or tag number.
An automated photo speed violation is considered a civil violation and the law says the owner of the cited vehicle is responsible. In Georgia, you may "transfer" the violation to the driver of the vehicle by the below methods, as taken directly from the Georgia law:
A) Testifies under oath in open court or submits to the court a sworn, notarized statement that he or she was not the operator of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation.
B) Presents to the court a certified copy of a police report showing that the vehicle had been reported to the police as stolen prior to the time of the alleged violation.
H.B. 978 40-14-18 Section 9
It should be noted that if the violation is not paid, the owner remains responsible for the violation.
Citations are civil offenses, not criminal. No points are assessed on your driving record for automated enforcement violations.
The automated speed enforcement technology is 100% accurate in determining exactly which vehicle it’s capturing. Our stationary cameras use a LIDAR laser beam is aimed at a single lane and vehicles drive through the beam as they travel on the roadway. This guarantees the vehicle speed recorded is matched to the proper vehicle.
According to state law, paid citation revenue must be utilized for law enforcement activities, public safety initiatives, such as police equipment, and new school resource officers that will make our community safer.