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File #: 23-0143    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/3/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 10/11/2022 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to Adopt the use of Photo Speed Monitoring Devices in Highway Work Zones and School Crossing Zones and Civil Penalties in Section 10-3-878.12 Article B (RECKLESS DRIVING, SPEEDING, ETC.) of Chapter 3 (OPERATION OF VEHICLES) of Title 10 (MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
Attachments: 1. 23-0143_Attachment 1 - Ordinance Coversheet, 2. 23-0143_Attachment 2 - Ordinance, 3. 23-0143_Attachment 3 - Speed & Traffic Safety, 4. 23-0143_Attachment 4 - Map of School Zones in Alexandria, 5. 23-0143_Attachment 5 - Presentation
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: OCTOBER 4, 2022

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: YON LAMBERT, INTERIM DEPUTY CITY MANAGER

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an
Ordinance to Adopt the use of Photo Speed Monitoring Devices in Highway Work Zones and School Crossing Zones and Civil Penalties in Section 10-3-878.12 Article B (RECKLESS DRIVING, SPEEDING, ETC.) of Chapter 3 (OPERATION OF VEHICLES) of Title 10 (MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended.
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ISSUE: Consideration of an ordinance to authorize the use of speed cameras in school and work zones.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1. Receive and approve the proposed ordinance (Attachment 2) to authorize the use of speed cameras in school zones and work zones; and

2. Schedule it for second reading, public hearing, and final passage on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

BACKGROUND: In 2017, the Alexandria City Council adopted a Vision Zero Policy and Action Plan, which sets a goal to eliminate fatal and severe crashes in Alexandria by 2028. One of the strategies espoused in the plan was to "pursue and support state legislation to allow the use of fixed automated enforcement cameras for speed violations."

In 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed a law authorizing the use of speed cameras in school zones and work zones. In the Fiscal Year 2023 Approved Budget, City Council approved funding for speed cameras in school zones. In Northern Virginia, Arlington County and the City of Fairfax are implementing speed camera programs.

DISCUSSION: Vehicle speed is a primary factor in the frequency and severity of crashes (Attachment 3). Higher speeds result in a greater risk of death or severe injury, pa...

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