SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — Authorities in the city of South Fulton are reminding drivers to take it easy on the gas as they drive by schools within the city, otherwise they may end up with a ticket.
South Fulton said it was activating the traffic cameras starting Monday morning across 14 school zones in the city.
“Data from the program shows the number of speeding tickets issued dropped by more than 90% in the first two years of the program,” the city said in a news release.
The initiative started following the death of Ren’gia Majors, 11, who was killed when a speeding car hit the vehicle she was in outside Sandtown Middle School.
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“We celebrate success that has grown from tragedy,” said South Fulton city councilwoman Helen Willis. “Not only are we honoring Ms. Majors, we also are working to ensure our children are as safe as possible, so no other family has to mourn the loss of a child.”
The cameras are activated an hour before school starts and stay on until an hour after school gets out, with a maximum speed of 25 mph in the school zone.
Flashing lights are also activated to let drivers know they are in a school zone.
“To put it simply, just slow down,” South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows said. “At all other times, follow the posted limits.”
Drivers caught speeding are fined $100 for first offenses and $150 for subsequent violations. Meadows said citations are not issued from the cameras outside of school hours.
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