Since launching its speed camera program seven weeks ago, Howard County has issued 2,857 citations in school zones, according to Howard County Police.
Police began issuing $40 tickets to violators on Nov. 16, following a month of . Elizabeth Schroen, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, said 737 notices were sent during the 30-day warning period.
Since warnings ended, police report $40,000 in fines have been collected for 1,000 citations. The remainder "are pending payment," said Schroen. They total an additional $74,280 in fines.
Cameras are mounted on two vans that rove Howard County to capture speeders in school zones. The vans move throughout the day, say police, and are operational from 6 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every Thursday, Howard County posts a list of locations where the vans will be, on the police department's website.
Drivers traveling 12 mph or more above the speed limit receive citations with fines that do not add penalty points to the violator's driving record.
All fines collected go back into the speed camera program to pay for operations, said Schroen. Leftover funds are designated for public safety programs, but "to date, there have been not been any funds generated over costs," Schroen added.
Many counties and cities in Maryland have seen generated during the past few years, with much of the money going to support police and fire departments.