School Zone Safety Photo Enforcement Program

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Program Goal

  • Reduce traffic speeds.
  • Increase safety for children, pedestrians, and cyclists in school zones.  

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

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)

School Zone Speed Camera Annual Report

Washington State law requires cities using automated traffic safety cameras to post an annual report (2017) 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.

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