POLICE DEPARTMENT

School Safety Initiative

The Duluth Police Department believes the safety of our children and students is paramount. Speeding in school zones has been a constant issue for most police agencies and Duluth is no exception. The Duluth Police Department believes in finding ways to help reduce speed and at the same time help increase safety.

 The City Council has voted to install School Zone Speed Cameras in several school zones in our city. We are partnering with RedSpeed USA, and there will be no cost to the city to install or maintain the system. RedSpeed USA will be responsible for the installation and equipment at the proposed locations in the city. The proposed school zones are:

  • Chattahoochee Elementary School 
  • Mason Elementary School
  • Duluth Middle School
  • Coleman Middle School

Enforcement in school zones will take place during both the AM and PM school zone hours and will begin enforcement at 15 mph or over the School Zone speed limit. No enforcement will be done on non-school days. There will be a warning period following the installation where no tickets will be issued.

NOTE: During school days when children are in attendance, enforcement will continue between the AM and PM times at 18 mph or over the normally posted speed limit.

Violations will cost $75 for the first infraction and $125 for each infraction after that. All infractions will be sent to the Duluth Police Department where an officer will verify the speed, location, and vehicle information (correct tag, etc.).

To pay School Zone Speed Camera Citations, click HERE.


Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ


Why did I receive a violation?
Violations are issued in accordance with Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 40-14-18, which allows for the use of automated speed detection devices in school zones from one hour prior to the start of the school day, until one hour after the end of the school day. This includes "the time in which instructional classes are taking place." The posted times regulate the strictness of the enforcement, as that is when children are actively coming and going from the school.

Why did I receive a violation during the middle of the day?

Georgia law allows for the enforcement of speeding in a school zone during the active arrival and dismissal times.  Violations may also be issued during the school’s instructional day when children are present at school.  The City of Duluth only enforces speed on vehicles traveling 15 mph over the school zone speed limit during loading and unloading hours.  Speed will also be enforced on vehicles traveling 18 mph or over the regularly posted speed limit during the school day.

For instance: If the speed limit is 25 during unloading and loading a ticket will be issued for any vehicle traveling 40 mph or above.  If the speed limit reverts to normal speed, 35 mph, outside the loading and unloading hours a citation will be issued for any vehicle traveling 53 mph.

Why are Speed Zone Cameras being installed?
Over the past ten years, there has been a nationwide spike in pedestrian fatalities due to a combination of speeding and distracted driving. Communities are turning to automated enforcement as a means of encouraging them to follow speed limits and pay attention. Automated Enforcement is endorsed as a safety tool by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the National Safety Council. Slower driving saves lives. A person is about 70% more likely to be killed if they are struck by a vehicle traveling 30mph versus 25 mph. There is a 93% chance of survival if a pedestrian is struck at 20mph. Small differences in speed make a huge difference, especially in school zones.  

How will I know where the cameras are?
New signage has been placed before the school zones that are clearly visible warning drivers that the roads are enforced by cameras.

Do these violations accrue points on my license or reported to insurance companies?

These violations are considered civil offenses and not a criminal violation. As such they are not reported to the Department of Driver Services for points or to insurance companies

Are the cameras accurate?  How do they work?
The camera system uses an advanced Radar-based speed measurement system that is extremely accurate. When a speeding vehicle is detected, a picture of the license plate is captured, and the registered owner is listed on the violation. The violations are then submitted for approval by a Sworn Officer from the Duluth Police Department prior to being mailed. The system undergoes a daily diagnostic self-check, and detailed maintenance logs are kept. No violation will be approved if a device is found to be malfunctioning.

What are the hours of enforcement at each school, and what speeds are being enforced at what times?

Mason Elementary (3030 Bunten Road)
25mph school zone, 35mph regular speed limit
Enforcement times 7:15am-3:45pm
Flashing Light/25mph zone 7:30am-8:30am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

Chattahoochee Elementary (2930 Albion Farm Road)
25mph school zone, 30mph regular speed limit
Enforcement times 7:15am-3:45pm
Flashing Light/25mph zone 7:30am-8:30am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

Duluth Middle School (3200 Pleasant Hill Road)
35mph school zone, 45mph regular speed limit
Enforcement times 8:20am-5:00pm
Flashing Light/35mph zone 8:35am-9:35am and 3:45pm-4:45pm

Coleman Middle School (3057 Main Street)
25mph speed limit in effect 24hrs/7days per week per Georgia DOT.
Enforcement times 8:20am-5:00pm
School Zone 7:15 am-9:35 am and 2:00pm-4:45pm

*Coleman Middle School zone time encompasses Duluth High School and Coleman Middle School on GA120/Abbotts Bridge Rd. Violations are only generated for the hours of Coleman Middle School as it is the school directly on GA120. The Georgia DOT did not permit the installation of flashing yellow lights at this school zone as the speed limit is always 25mph, and the existing pedestrian-activated beacon crossing near Dreamland BBQ.

Can I get a violation reduced to a warning?
Warnings are issued for all violations during the first 30 days at the implementation phase of the program and as new schools come online.


Where can I view my violation online?
With your notice number and license plate number available, go to the following website https://secure.speedviolation.com to view photos and video of your violation.

How much is the fine?
The fine for a first school speed violation is $75, and $125 for a second or subsequent violation, as set forth in the State Law.

How do I pay my violation?
There are three ways to pay your violation:

  • By Mail:  You may mail a check or money order to the address on the envelope that was included in the violation notice.
  • Online:  You may pay by credit card securely online at https://secure.speedviolation.com Payment online allows same-day posting and e-mail confirmation of the payment.
  • By Phone: Phone payment is accepted 24hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 833-917-7333

What happens if I do not pay the fine?
If the violation remains unpaid, ultimately it will be reported to the Georgia Department of Revenue as allowed under State Law. Once received by the Department of Revenue, the vehicle’s registration will not be allowed to be renewed, and the tile cannot be transferred ownership until the fine is paid.


What happens to the money?
As per state law, monies accrued through the program must be spent on public safety initiatives. 

I lost my violation paperwork; how can I get my notice number?
Contact Customer Service by phone between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern time.  The phone number is 844-917-7333

What if I was not driving my vehicle when the violation occurred?

As dictated in the state law, if you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the violation, you have the following options after requesting a court hearing.

(a)Testify under oath in open court or submit a sworn notarized statement that he or she was not the operator of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation.

(b) Presents to the court a certified copy of a police report showing that the vehicle had been reported to the police as stolen prior to the time of the alleged violation.

What if my car is not the car pictured in the notice, or the license plate is wrong?
Please contact the Duluth Police Department via email, redspeed@duluthpd.com, and include the notice number and a contact phone number. Someone will be in touch with you regarding the violation.

What if my question was not answered?
Questions regarding a notice, or payment should be directed to RedSpeed customer service by calling 844-917-7333 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm eastern time as a first-line solution. 

If you are still unable to resolve the question or issue, please email redspeed@duluthpd.com and include your notice number. This email address is not monitored 24/7 but will be answered by an officer as soon as possible.