School Zone Photo Enforcement FAQs

Where/when are school zone speed enforcement cameras located?
  • Cowlitz Valley Gardens (CVG) Elementary – 2644 30th Avenue (7:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Kessler Elementary – 1902 E. Kessler Blvd (7:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Olympic Elementary – 1324 30th Avenue (7:00am – 4:30pm)
  • St. Helens Elementary – 431 27th Avenue (7:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Mint Valley Elementary – 2745 38th Avenue (7:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Mark Morris High School – 1602 Mark Morris Court (7:00am – 4:30pm)

How do I view a video or pictures of my violation?

To view videos and pictures, use the following steps.
  1. Go to www.violationinfo.com 
  2. Click “Logon now” in top right corner of screen
  3. On your Notice of Violation (top right corner of 1st page) is a notice number and a pin. Enter that information into the website.
  4. Click on Video Clip, then press play symbol.
How much is the fine?

The speed limit in all school zones in Longview is 20 MPH. School zone violations result in tiered fines as follows:

MPH Over Posted Speed Penalty Amount
1 – 10 $124.00
11 – 15 $144.00
16 – 20 $184.00
21 – 25 $244.00
26 or more $250.00

Will this ticket go on my driving record or impact my insurance?

No. This is a civil infraction, is not reported to any insurance agencies and is not part of your driving record. Therefore, a finding that the infraction was committed, either by payment or after a hearing, will not be reported to the Department of Licensing.

Why is the 20 MPH speed limit so important?

A Guide To School Area Safety
February 2009
Oregon Department of Transportation


WHY IS GOING 20 MPH SO IMPORTANT?
Slower speeds provide more reaction time to unexpected child actions. Any collision at a lower speed will generally cause less injury, as well. The fatality rate for pedestrians or bicyclists struck by a vehicle at higher speeds is much greater than at lower speeds (see chart below). A pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 40 mph is almost always a fatality. If the vehicle is going 30 mph a pedestrian has 60% chance of surviving, but will likely not be walking away from the collision and may have sustained life altering injuries. Even five mph can make a big difference to the pedestrian.

Vehicle Speed Chart

When were school zone cameras put in place?
  1. CVG / Mint Valley – March 1, 2011
  2. Olympic, St. Helens, Kessler – October 2013
  3. Mark Morris High School – February 2014
What are my options?
  • Pay the fine
    • Send a check or money order in U.S. funds payable to City of Longview for the AMOUNT DUE shown on the front of the notice, by the DUE DATE, along with the Payment Coupon with your payment to: 

      City of Longview
      Traffic Safety Program
      P.O. Box 742503
      Cincinnati, OH 45274-2503

    • Pay through the internet with credit card at www.violationinfo.com Use the Notice # and PIN # printed on the front of the Notice of Infraction (top right corner) to log in.
    • Pay in person, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch 11 a.m. to Noon) at the Longview Police Department located at 1351 Hudson Street, Longview, WA.
    • Pay by phone: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST) toll free at: 1-866-790-4111

  • Request a Hearing on the Notice of Infraction
    • You may submit a hearing request by mail. Contested Hearing – if you believe that you did not commit the infraction and want to challenge it, the City has the burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence that the infraction was committed. You agree to appear at your schedule hearing. You will be notified in writing of your contested hearing date. Interpreters are available. Please write the language needed on the coupon.

  • Request a payment plan
    • You may be able to enter into a payment plan with District Court under RCW 46.63.110. To request a payment plan, please complete the hearing coupon and select the request a payment plan option.
Can the fine be reduced if I go to court and request to explain the circumstances (mitigation hearing)?

No, RCW 46.61.440(3) states that the penalty for speeding through a school zone cannot be waived, reduced or suspended. Therefore, the court has no authority to lower your fine, and a mitigation hearing would serve no purpose. The city is required to list Mitigation Hearing as an option on the ticket form by the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts. If you select Mitigation Hearing, Cowlitz County District Court will set up a hearing and ask you if you wish to contest the ticket instead.

Is there photo enforcement during the summer?

Summer school is in session at many schools in Longview. This means children will be present and will be walking to and from the schools. For that reason, schools with summer school will continue to have a 20 MPH speed limit. We ask the public to be cautious in these zones during the summer and drive within the posted speed limit of 20 MPH. Photo enforcement cameras will not be on during the summer months. Depending on staff availability traffic enforcement may be done by Longview police officers in school zones with summer school. Schools with summer school are:
  • Columbia Heights Elementary – 2820 Parkview Drive
  • CVG Elementary – 2644 30th Avenue
  • Kessler Elementary – 1902 E. Kessler Blvd
  • Olympic Elementary – 1324 30th Avenue
  • St. Helens Elementary – 431 27th Avenue
  • Northlake Elementary – 2210 Olympia Way
  • Robert Gray Elementary – 4622 Ohio Street
  • Mint Valley Elementary – 2745 38th Avenue
  • Monticello Middle School – 1225 28th Avenue
Where does the money from these tickets go?

The city of Longview contracts with American Traffic Solutions to lease the speed cameras on a monthly basis. The city pays a flat fee per school zone as well as a per ticket fee over 800 tickets issued per camera. All fines from these tickets come to the city of Longview and then the city pays the following expenses:
  • Monthly School zone camera fees
  • Salaries & benefits for 1 full time Traffic Engineer, 1.5FTE Office Assistants, .15 FTE Administrative Manager
  • District Court filing fees ($30 per ticket) on all contested and collections tickets
  • Electricity to operate the cameras
  • Legal expenses associated with defending the program
  • Traffic study to identify traffic calming measures
  • Traffic calming methods/additional signage
What do I do if I was no longer the owner of this vehicle, not driving it, or my vehicle was stolen?

You may file a Declaration of Non-Responsibility. This must be filed by the due date on the Notice of Infraction. The registered owner of the vehicle is presumed to have been the person in control of the vehicle when the violation occurred. This presumption may be overcome if the registered owner states, in a certified written statement to the court, that the vehicle involved was at the time stolen or in the care, custody or control of some person other than the registered owner. You may download the Declaration of Non-responsibility (link to form) and mail it to Longview Police Department, PO Box 128, Longview, WA 98632

What laws allow the city to use photo enforcement for school zone speed enforcement?

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.63.170
Longview Municipal Code (LMC) Chapter 11.04

How is speed measured and is it accurate?

Sensors are placed in the pavement. When a vehicle travels over both sensors, a speed calculation is made. American Traffic Solutions sends a certified field technician to Longview to validate the speed accuracy of all cameras on a monthly basis. A report is created and submitted to the city showing any variations in speed accuracy.

What happens if I ignore the Notice of Infraction?

Failure to pay the civil penalty or to request a hearing prior to the due date on the Notice of Infraction is an admission of liability. Failure to appear after requesting a hearing is an admission of liability and constitutes a waiver of the right to appeal. If you do not pay by the due date on the Notice of Infraction, you will be sent a second notice. If you do not pay by due date on the second notice, Cowlitz County District Court will then begin the collections process through a collections agency.

How many tickets have been issued through this program?

Annual reports are posted on the police department’s website (www.mylongview.com/police). Below is a chart of the ticket volumes through June 2015.

Violation Locations 2011 Total 2012 Total 2013 Total 2014 Total Jan – June 2015 Total Program Total
38th & OB Hwy (red light) 2447 210 0 0 0 2657
15th & OB Hwy (red light) 848 77 0 0 0 925
NW Nichols & OB Hwy (red light) 754 107 0 0 0 861
CVG Speed zone 1250 1010 713 511 813 4297
Mint Valley Speed zone 1231 1200 907 744 632 4714
Kessler Speed zone 0 0 270 733 2428 3431
Olympic Speed zone 0 0 293 527 939 1759
St. Helen's Speed zone 0 0 571 1560 2391 4522
Mark Morris High School 0 0 0 6107 7681 13788
TOTAL 6530 2604 2754 10182 14884 36954

Last updated: 6/21/2016 6:06:46 AM