Altavista Police Department refunding tickets issued by school zone cameras

Published: Jul. 24, 2022 at 7:23 PM EDT
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ALTAVISTA, Va. (WDBJ) - The Altavista Police Department is taking action to correct issues with speed zone cameras in school zones.

More than 700 tickets were issued by the cameras after June 6 to drivers going at least ten miles per hour over the speed limit.

Altavista Police Chief Tommy Merricks says the school zone cameras were put in place to ensure the safety of school children.

The police department has decided to void tickets that had not been paid yet and issue refunds for tickets that had already been paid.

The decision comes after signage issues and questions from the community on times the lights were and were not flashing.

“We expected some hiccups because this is a brand new program. This is the first one I’m aware of in the state of Virginia. We didn’t have anything to go by. We kind of had to learn as we went,” said Merricks.

The refunds should be issued between 5 to 10 business days after July 21.

The police department is hoping to have the program modified and put back into place by August 16.

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