Alexandria will be adding speed zone cameras in school zones at the start of 2023. This decision has been made to help reduce the risk of injuries or deaths due to vehicle and pedestrian accidents. Data shows that the risk of death when being hit by a car going 23 mph increases from 10% to 50% when the vehicle is going 42 mph. This is due to the lack of braking distance once a driver reacts to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
There are five areas that these cameras will be put up. These include the entire length of North Beauregard St, West Braddock Rd from North Beauregard St to North Quaker Ln, North Howard St from Lynn House Driveway to Braddock Rd, Seminary Rd from Kenmore Ave to North Pickett St and King St from Radford St to Quincy.
These changes came about after over 500 crashes in these areas since 2015, with 20 of them being fatal and 250 people injured.