Speed cam warning phase ends

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Drivers have been warned, and now the warnings have ended. In December, the Montgomery Police Department began a trial period for its new speed cameras and only sent out warnings to drivers who were caught speeding past them.

Now that the trial period is over, the real tickets will be mailed out.

The cameras are already proving successful. At Vaughn Road one camera caught an alarming number of speeders. There were 168 citations clicking in one day!

It's still too early to tell how many people will be seeing those citations, because there's a process to be completed before the tickets actually get mailed out.

The speed cameras are bound to make people slow down, or at least think about it.

Wednesday, one of the city's two cameras, mounted inside what looks like a regular patrol car - sat along a stretch of Vaughn Road inside a school zone. 168 "violation events" triggered the equipment.

It takes about 72 hours from the time an image is captured for it to reach the police department's online queue. There, officers can review the images and verify offenses.

If you do get one of those citations in the mail, you'll have to pay $60 for the first two tickets you get within a 12 month period.

If you get a third citation in that same year, the fine jumps to $100.

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