MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The city of Memphis has announced phase one of implementing the Speed Safety Camera Program to encourage drivers to slow down in critical 'S’ curves and school zones.
The program begins full operation on May 11.
“Ensuring students and families are safe is one of our top priorities," said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. "This new program provides public safety resources and enhances protection for children across our community. We look forward to partnering with Conduent to make it a success. "
The new program will add to the already existing measures employed by Memphis Police and will take photos of those allegedly violating the speeds.
The 15 camera systems are installed on poles that are located near or adjacent to intersections in school zones and 'S’ curve sites with the roll-out of school safety sites later this fall to coincide with the fall school schedule.
Those were picked by the city based on a scoring system that evaluated accident history and accident severity at approximately 350 locations and narrowed down to 30 locations for speed assessments.
The locations had lots of drivers going above the speed limits.
Citation fees, which were decided by the city are $50 for each individual violation and failure to respond to the original notice will result in a $45 fee.
On April 22, the Memphis City Council issued a new ordinance that the program is pursuant to Ordinance 5747.
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