Speed enforcement cameras in Indiana school zones?

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Protecting our children with cameras - that's the idea behind one proposal to help slow down reckless drivers in Indiana school zones.

It's an issue that has a very personal meaning for Chiffonda Ducking, whose son Carl Battles, 15, was killed in a crash on his way to school several years ago.

"The gentleman driving the car (that caused the crash) was going about 60 miles an hour," said Ducking, who still visits the site along 71st Street every year. "I go by there and cars are still speeding."

So how fast are they going? And what else could be done to slow drivers down?

We packed up our radar gun, and took to the streets, finding school zone speeders in Carmel, Zionsville, and also near Pike High School, in the same school zone where Carl lost his life. One driver we clocked was going 50 miles an hour - twice the posted speed limit during school hours.

"No one should lose their child to speeding, especially in a school zone," said Ducking.

It's why some cities are trying something new - cameras armed with radar. They take a picture of every speeding car, ensuring that if you speed in a school zone, you would get a ticket in the mail.

"Our goal is to stop speeding," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

Still, others said it`s just a money grab for cash-strapped states and cities. In Seattle, the city had been on pace to rack up $1 million a month in ticket revenues, with some drivers getting tickets for going just slightly faster than the speed limit.

"It's a complicated deal and it's technologically a little bit complicated," said state Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis. "But it's happening in other states, we can do this."

Delaney is part of a bi-partisan group of Indiana lawmakers that tried to bring the cameras here, but their legislation failed to gain enough support in the General Assembly this year.

"We're going to have to work some things out," Delaney said. "I think it has a good chance next year."

Near Carmel Junior High, residents said they need something to slow people down.

"I don't think that people, for the most part, pay attention to speed limits," said resident Michelle Tyner. "People are constantly flying through the school zone."

"If we save just one life, it's been worth it," said Delaney.

"Hopefully another family doesn't have to go through what my family did," said Ducking.

The legislation would also establish speed enforcement cameras in construction work zones.