CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Town of Altavista Police Department will now be able to ticket drivers, caught on camera speeding in school zones.

Courts were struggling to figure out how to process the tickets after the cameras were installed at the end of last year.

A warning period will begin on Monday, May 2 and continue through the rest of the month.

Starting June 1, citations will start to be issued.

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These traffic cameras are set up directly across from Altavista Elementary School and the combined middle and high school.

“Our younger children are not always aware of their surroundings, so that’s why speed limits are put in place,” one mother said. “Even older children, sometimes teenagers are on their phones, they’re not paying attention.”

The cameras will only monitor speed for two hours out of the school day — from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m.

Altavista Police Chief Tommy Merricks says the violation notice is a $100 civil penalty, issued to drivers who are going 35 mph or more during those hours.

“It does not go against your DMV record or your insurance record. What that does hopefully is a deterrent to slow people down,” said Merricks.

They’ll be processed through the Campbell County General District Court with the approval of a sworn police officer.

Merricks says the violations will be issued to speeding drivers during summer school as well.