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School Zone Speed Vans

Camera-equipped vans have been used in areas where speeding is a particular concern, such as school zones. Schools provide a good target for automated enforcement because of the potential for high public acceptance. In areas with automated enforcement, a warning sign must alert drivers that camera enforcement is in effect. Seattle deployed its first school zone speed van in fall 2008, and drivers who speed face the same fines if caught by the mobile speed trap as they would by patrol officers. That penalty is currently $189. However, under Washington law, such camera-detected violations are considered civil infractions and are not included on driving records.

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