City of Atlanta
Georgia

Resolution
19-R-4335

****A RESOLUTION BY COUNCILMEMBER JENNIFER N. IDE REQUESTING THAT ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS (“APS”) AND ANY PRIVATE OR RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL LIMITS OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA (“PRIVATE SCHOOLS”) CONSIDER INITIATING WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (“GDOT”) THE PROCESS UNDER THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED, ARTICLE 8 OF CHAPTER 14 OF TITLE 40 TO ESTABLISH AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT SAFETY DEVICES IN SCHOOL ZONES, AS DEFINED BY THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED, WITHIN THE ATLANTA CITY LIMITS; ADDITIONALLY, THE ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL REQUESTS THAT APS AND THE CITY OF ATLANTA INITIATE DISCUSSIONS RELATED TO THE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT SAFETY DEVICES IN SCHOOL ZONES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSE.

Information

Department:Council District 6Sponsors:Councilmember, District 6 Jennifer N. Ide
Category:Personal PaperFunctions:None Required

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. HB 978

Item Discussion

(Favorable by Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee 8/27/19)

Body

WHEREAS, Atlanta City Council’s first obligation is towards the safety and well-being of the people of Atlanta; and

 

WHEREAS, the City desires to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the public by preventing motor vehicle-related fatalities, injuries, and property damage within the City limits; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2018, the Georgia General Assembly enacted laws relating to the duties of a driver operating a vehicle in excess of the posted limit within a designated School Zone, including reporting of violations and enforcement, as necessary; and

 

WHEREAS, the number of serious traffic accidents and accident-related fatalities in Georgia have increased significantly in recent years; and

 

WHEREAS, driving in excess of the posted speed limit and disregarding traffic-control devices within existing School Zones is a contributing factor of said accidents, deaths, and injuries; and

 

WHEREAS,, pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Article 8 of Chapter 14 of Title 40, the City is authorized to establish and enact an automated traffic enforcement safety device program in School Zones, which are defined by Article 1 of Chapter 14 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated at Section 40-14-1.1(5) to mean the area within 1,000 feet of the boundary of any public or private elementary or secondary school; and Code Section 40-14-8(b) relating to when case may be made and civil penalty assessed if the violation occurs in properly marked School Zones one hour before, during, and one hour after the normal hours of school operation or programs for care and supervision of students before school, after school or during vacation periods as provided for under Article 3 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 Code Section 20-2-65, in properly marked School Zones and when such violations are in excess of ten miles per hour over the speed limit; and

 

WHEREAS, this ordinance does not conflict with the Georgia Uniform Rules of the Road regarding the operation of a motor vehicle in excess of the posted limit within a designated School Zone; and

 

WHEREAS, studies show that Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Devices significantly reduce the number of speeding violations and crashes, and provides for traffic calming; and

 

WHEREAS, traditional enforcement requires police officers to follow and stop a violator in order to cite the violator; and

 

WHEREAS, Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Devices provide safe and consistent enforcement at a reasonable cost, while allowing police officers to focus on other enforcement efforts; and

 

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES, that the Atlanta City Council supports Georgia General Assembly’s efforts to protect the lives of school children and the general public by authorizing the establishment of an automated traffic enforcement safety device program in School Zones pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Article 8 of Chapter 14 of Title 40.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Atlanta City Council requests Atlanta Public Schools and any private or religious schools within the municipal limits of the city of Atlanta to consider initiating with the Georgia Department of Transportation the process under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Article 8 of Chapter 14 of Title 40 to establish automated traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones, as defined by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, within the Atlanta city limits.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Atlanta City council requests that APS and the City of Atlanta initiate discussions related to the administration and enforcement of the automated traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon passage of this resolution, the Municipal Clerk shall provide copies to all the board members of Atlanta Public Schools.

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that all resolutions and parts of resolutions, in conflict herewith are hereby waived to the extent of the conflict.

 

 

Meeting History

Aug 27, 2019 3:00 PM Video Public Safety & Legal Administration Committee Regular Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:FAVORABLE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dustin Hillis, Chair
SECONDER:Antonio Brown, District 3
AYES:Dustin Hillis, J. P. Matzigkeit, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Howard Shook, Antonio Brown
ABSENT:Andre Dickens
Aug 28, 2019 10:30 AM Video Transportation Committee Regular Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:FAVORABLE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Matt Westmoreland, Post 2 At-Large
SECONDER:Amir R Farokhi, District 2
AYES:Andre Dickens, Matt Westmoreland, Amir R Farokhi, Joyce M Sheperd, Carla Smith
ABSENT:Jennifer N. Ide, Marci Collier Overstreet
Sep 3, 2019 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

ADOPTED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 15 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dustin Hillis, Councilmember, District 9
SECONDER:Cleta Winslow, Councilmember, District 4
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd