Speed Cameras approved for school and work zones in Fairfax City, Virginia

Heads up, drivers in Fairfax City – photo speed cameras are headed your way. The Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Northam recently enacted legislation granting limited photo speed enforcement authority to Virginia localities.

It was also part of the City’s 2020 legislative program and, following a work-session discussion and a public hearing, City Council approved it for use here. City attorney Brian Lubkeman explained where and when it applies.

“It’s limited to school-crossing and work zones, and only while they’re active,” he said. “City police officers will review each photo, and the penalty is a civil fine. And the records and photos are eventually destroyed.”

Fairfax City staff has worked with its existing, photo red-light vendor to obtain new equipment – a combination of fixed and portable speed-monitoring devices. In addition, it’s making upgrades to that current equipment, to be prepared in case the scope of permitted photo speed-camera enforcement expands in the future.