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New school zone cameras delayed
The new school zone cameras expected to be installed by the start of school two weeks have been delayed and are now expected to be up and running by the first of the new year.
The city is looking to add school zone cameras at Honey Dew Elementary on Union Avenue Northeast, Cascade Elementary School on 116th Avenue Southeast and Benson Hill Elementary, also on 116th Avenue Southeast, but according to Patrol Services Division Commander Clark Wilcox, the delay with the new school zone cameras is that some of the needed equipment is on back order.
The equipment is expected to be in by the end of this month to allow the city's Transportation Services Department to begin installing the devices.
Police Chief Kevin Milosevich told the City Council'c Committee of the Whole that once the equipment arrives, the Transportation Department will begins installing them with the hope of having the cameras online by November and fully operational by Jan. 1.
The city has also removed the cameras in the school zone at Renton High School. Earlier this year, the city said the issue there was less speeding and more jaywalking.
Police have increased patrols at the high school, Milosevich said, and are issuing citations instead of the camera tickets.