Prince George’s County is launching an automated speed enforcement program within a half-mile of two schools in Fort Washington today.

The schools, Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School and Tayac Elementary School, are located in the 8600 and 8700 blocks of Allentown Road. Police said the cameras will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday in both directions.

“Our top priority is the safety of our students and those who live and work in Prince George’s County,” Chief of Police Mark A. Magaw said in a statement. “Speeding is a significant public safety issue and the mere presence of the cameras will deter aggressive driving behaviors.”

Authorities said drivers will have a 30-day grace period before fines are issued beginning Sept. 21. Under Maryland state law, the county will issue fines of $40 for vehicles traveling 12 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit.