School Zone Speed and Red Light Photo Enforcement Program

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Program Goal

  • Reduce traffic speeds.
  • Increase safety for children, pedestrians, and cyclists in school zones.  
  • Increase safety for all travelers in vehicles.
  • Reduce intersection related collisions.

This program enhances enforcement abilities while freeing up police resources to focus on the mission of promoting traffic safety.

School Zone Photo Enforcement

Speeding is a deadly and costly problem in school zones. A national survey found two-thirds of drivers exceed the posted speed limit in school zones during the 30-minute periods before and after classes. School zone speed safety cameras provide ongoing enforcement presence that changes driver behavior for improved community road safety.


Photo enforcement violations do not get applied to ones driving record and they are not recorded by the Washington State Department of Licensing. Similar to a parking ticket, it does not matter who drives the vehicle, it's the registered owner who is responsible for the violation.

Cameras are installed near the following elementary schools and are clearly marked with signs:

  • Neely-O'Brien Elementary School

6300 S 236th St

    • Sunrise Elementary School 

    22300 132nd Ave SE

    • Meridian Elementary School

    25621 140th Ave SE (on SE 256th St)

      • Millennium Elementary School

      11919 SE 270th St (on 124th Ave SE)

      • Meadow Ridge Elementary School

      27710 108th Ave SE

      • Springbrook Elementary School

      20035 100th Ave SE

      Red Light Intersection Photo Enforcement

      Red light cameras at intersections has been shown to reduce serious injury and fatal collisions. Similar to the school zone speed photo enforcement, all possible violations caught on the camera system are reviewed by a traffic officer before a ticket is issued. The following intersections are now equipped with red light photo enforcement:

      • Central Avenue and Smith Street - both northbound and southbound
      • Central Avenue and James Street - both northbound and eastbound
      • Kent Des Moines Road and Pacific Highway South - eastbound (this has two cameras for one approach)
      • 104th Avenue Southeast and SE 256th Street - northbound and eastbound
      • 84th Avenue South and South 212th Street - northbound and southbound
      • SE 240th Street and 104th Avenue Southeast - eastbound and westbound

      Each red light photo enforcement intersection has signage announcing the camera enforcement.

      Speed Camera Annual Report

      Washington State law requires cities using automated traffic safety cameras to post an annual report (2019) of the number of traffic accidents that occurred at each location where an automated traffic safety camera is located, as well as the number of notices of infraction issued for each camera.

      If you have any questions about Kent's school zone speed camera program, please contact Sgt. Jason Bishop at 253-856-5877. Or, for more information on our speed and red light camera enforcement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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