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.