ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal approved a measure Tuesday to allow law enforcement to place automated traffic safety devices inside school zones.
It would capture a photo of cars that go more than 10 mph over the speed limit in school zones while the hours are active. The driver would then receive a ticket in the mail.
Some Albany residents, including Jimmy Bence, told WALB News 10's Emileigh Forrester that they believe it is a good idea.
"There's no excuse for speeding in a school zone," said Bence, who lives right outside the school zone for Deerfield-Windsor's upper campus.
Bence said he feels that the heart of why school zones exist is the kids.
"I've got grandkids, and I wouldn't want anybody to get hurt just because of careless speeding," Bence explained.
"Students of all ages are walking to school every morning," said J.D. Sumner, a spokesperson for the Dougherty County School System.
Sumner said DCSS is considering this new law and weighing the possible benefits.
"It's also important that we hold people accountable, and that people understand these are safety zones for a reason," Sumner explained.
Bence said that despite crossing guards at certain intersections, drivers slowing down could save a child's life.
"Kids are gonna cross, not necessarily where the guards are. I see them run across the streets here all the time," said Bence. "I think people will slow down if they know they're being watched."
Sumner said DCSS will examine this new law and work with the appropriate parties to determine if it would be beneficial in this area.
That same law outlines some changes to what you have to do when a bus stops to pick up or let off children.
Now, the law says you don't have to stop if the bus is stopping on the opposite side of a divided highway, including a highway divided by a turn lane.
However, Sumner said DCSS still encourages drivers to suffer a small inconvenience if it means making students safer.
"Lives are literally at stake with our kids," Sumner said. "We take those extremely seriously, and we know our parents do and our community members do as well. Take on a bit of a minor inconvenience, you may actually end up saving a life."