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Speed Cameras Take Shots on Spring Break

Think speed cameras take a vacation when school is out? Think again.

 

The news that speed cameras would be stationed on Old Washington and Old Montgomery roads this week raised eyebrows among greater Elkridge citizens.

"Aren't the cameras supposed to be for school zones? Why are they in use during spring break?" asked Leslie Kornreich of Hanover on the Elkridge Patch Facebook page.

Howard County has continued to issue citations to drivers going more than 12 mph over the speed limit in school zones, even while students have been away for spring break, according to the Howard County Police Department (HCPD).

Both county and state laws allow for school zone speed camera enforcement from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and school does not need to be in session.

Howard County public schools are on spring break April 2 to April 9. Still, the police department maintains it is using the cameras in a reasonable way.

"We have been sensitive to that issue and for the most part are operating our vans in areas where activities are planned at the school," said HCPD spokesperson Bryce Buell.

Buell added that the cameras will also be used in the summer to maintain safety for attendees of summer programs.

Not everyone is convinced that the motive behind the cameras is purely for safety.

James Wilson of Hanover wrote on Elkridge Patch's Facebook page that the cameras were a "money maker."

The department recently disclosed that  more than 3,500 citations, yielding upwards of $180,000, in the first four months of operation.

xxx April 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I'm not disagreeing.. I'm just stating facts about the program..
Mike A. April 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
They have not covered the program yet, but it will. It hasn't been in place long enough. The cost associated comes with not only the equipment but the cost of the operators that are assigned to the vehicle in which the cameras are mounted. At the rate they are issuing tickets it will cover the cost, and maybe the purchase of more units. If folks are abiding by the law they have nothing to fear. Follow the law and keep the $$ in your own pockets!
Sick Of Driving in This Environment April 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Traffic enforcement means traffic enforcement. As long as drivers are still speeding, running stop signs and lights, using on and off ramps and shoulders to pass others, not signaling any movements on the road, the police are not enforcing anything! Traffic in this area is a joke, and getting worse and worse daily! Police should be setting a good driving example, not a bad one! If the cops aren't going to enforce anything, maybe we need speed cameras everywhere and the cops can stay in the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot!!
bill bissenas April 02, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Remember when Dirty Ken Ulman said the speed cameras were all about protecting our children around school areas? Yeah, I didn't believe it either... lol
bill bissenas April 02, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Yes, the government can do anything to us because afterall, if we're abiding by the law there's nothing to fear... yeah, this is how lots of people in this county and state feel. They are willing to surrender just about anything in the name of goodness.

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