Automated Photo Enforcement Program - School Zone Speed Cameras

Every year more than 4,000 collisions are caused by speeding in our city and photo enforcement of the school zone speed limit is just one approach to addressing this problem on Seattle streets. Driving at or below 20 MPH gives people driving and children walking more time to see each other and react. Our goal is to improve safety for everyone. To learn more about Seattle's efforts to improve road safety, visit www.seattle.gov/visionzero.

In December 2012, the City of Seattle began using fixed cameras to enforce the 20 MPH school zone speed limit at four elementary schools. The program expanded in September 2014 to an additional five schools and in September 2015 to five more schools for a total of 14 schools with speed photo enforcement.

The speed cameras only operate when the school zone flashing beacons are in operation. The flashing beacon schedule is set by the Seattle Department of Transportation based on when students will be arriving and leaving school grounds. 2017/2018 beacon schedule.

School NameSchool ZoneYear Activated
Olympic View Elementary

*NB 5th Ave NE @ Olympic View Elementary
*SB 5th Ave NE @ Olympic View Elementary

December 2012

Broadview-Thomson K-8

*NB Greenwood Ave N @ Broadview-Thomson K-8
*SB Greenwood Ave N @ Broadview-Thomson K-8

December 2012

Gatewood Elementary

*NB Fauntleroy Ave SW @ Gatewood Elementary
*SB Fauntleroy Ave SW @ Gatewood Elementary

December 2012

Thurgood Marshall Elementary

*NB MLK Jr Way S @ Thurgood Marshall Elementary
*SB MLK Jr Way S @ Thurgood Marshall Elementary

December 2012

Holy Family Elementary

*EB SW Roxbury St @ Holy Family Elementary
*WB SW Roxbury St @ Holy Family Elementary

September 2014

Roxhill Elementary

*EB SW Roxbury St @ Roxhill Elementary
* WB SW Roxbury St @ Roxhill Elementary

September 2014

Dearborn Elementary

*EB S Orca St @ Dearborn Elementary
*WB S Orca St @ Dearborn Elementary

September 2014

Bailey Gatzert Elementary

*WB E Yesler Way @ Bailey Gatzert Elementary

September 2014

Eckstein Middle School

*EB NE 75th St @ Eckstein School
*WB NE 75th St @ Eckstein School

September 2014

STEM at Boren

*NB Delridge Way @ STEM at Boren
*SB Delridge Way @ STEM at Boren

September 2015

Montlake Elementary

*NB 24th Ave E @ Montlake Elementary
*SB 24th Ave E @ Montlake Elementary

September 2015

Mercer Middle School

*WB S. Columbian Way @ Mercer Middle School
*SB 15th Ave S @ Mercer Middle School

September 2015

Northgate Elementary

*SB 1st Ave @ Northgate Elementary

September 2015

Bailey Gatzert Elementary

*NB Boren Ave S @ Bailey Gatzert Elementary
*SB Boren Ave S @ Bailey Gatzert Elementary

September 2015

Rainier View Elementary

*NB Beacon Ave S @ Rainier View Elementary
*SB Beacon Ave S @ Rainier View Elementary

September 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

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Use the coupon enclosed with your ticket to request a mitigation hearing or contested hearing. To submit a declaration of non-responsibility, follow the instructions on the ticket.

  • A HEARING TO EXPLAIN THE CIRCUMSTANCES: By requesting a mitigation hearing, you will be deemed to have committed the infraction. You may not subpoena witnesses for this hearing. You would request a mitigation hearing if you agree you committed the infraction but believe the circumstances may be such that the court could reduce or waive the penalty.
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  • SUBMIT A DECLARATION OF NON-RESPONSIBILITY: If your vehicle was stolen, sold by you prior to the date of the violation, or was otherwise not in your care, custody or control at the time of the violation, you may submit a sworn statement to that effect to the Court to rebut the presumption, established in SMC 11.31.090, that you were driving the vehicle at the time of the violation.

A photo enforced violation is treated like a parking infraction. There are no issues with your license, no points assessed, and no impact to your insurance.




The speed cameras operate by using digital signal processing and in-ground point-to-point loop detectors to make multiple measurements of a vehicle as it passes through the school speed zone. The vehicle's speed is calculated based off the time it takes to travel between the loop detectors. The cameras are connected to the school zone beacons and only operate when the beacons are flashing. If the beacons are not flashing, then drivers will not be issued citations.

Photos of the vehicle and the vehicle license plate taken at the time the vehicle was detected speeding in a school zone are filed along with a notice of infraction in Seattle Municipal Court. The photographic images and video are available online at www.ViolationInfo.com

You may view the photographic images and video online at www.ViolationInfo.com. You must use the Notice # and PIN printed on the front of the notice to login.

Persons without access to a computer can visit any Seattle Public Library branch or at the Municipal Court (600 Fifth Avenue) to view photographic and video evidence.




The beacon lights flash in an alternating mode so that there is a very small pause between when each light flashes. The speed enforcement camera takes a still picture that captures a moment in time. It is possible that the camera may capture this moment in time between when each light flashes so that it appears that the beacons lights were not flashing. For this reason, a video of the incident is also captured and is available online at www.ViolationInfo.com.