Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A helpful map of speed cameras, and their types, throughout Montgomery County
Montgomery County has become a beacon for speed cameras. Search through the map below, which details where mobile, fixed and portable speed cameras lie throughout the county, along with which direction they point in. In camera-dense areas, especially, zoom in to track just how many cameras police have at their disposal.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Revenue is down for automated traffic enforcement, even as police consider dozens of new locations, The Examiner newspaper reported.
Speed and red light cameras captured more than 300,000 traffic law violations in Montgomery Cameras this fiscal year, so far, The Examiner newspaper reported. That figure is still way lower than previous years, including the all-time high of 562,399 citations in fiscal year 2009, according to data from Montgomery County police. From July 2012 to February 2013, about 291,000 speed camera tickets and 25,000 red light camera tickets were issued in the county, the newspaper reported from data presented to the County Council's Public Safety Committee. From last year, speed camera tickets decreased by nearly 40,000 while red light camera tickets increased by about 3,000. Fiscal year 2013 ends June 30. "Our goal is to change behavior," …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Members of a House committee hear arguments on a number of bills seeking to limit and , in some cases, eliminate, the use of speed cameras around the state .
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Thursday, March 7
ANNAPOLIS - Members of a House committee hear arguments on a number of bills seeking to limit and, in some cases, eliminate, the use of speed cameras around the state
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Catch up on headlines this week from across Montgomery County.
A 130-year-old local grocery chain is closing up shop; a North Potomac resident nicknamed "The Turbanator" advances to the next round of American Idol; and Montgomery County councilmembers pledge to increase police presence in schools. These are just a few of the stories Patch reported this week. Get caught up on top headlines here. Magruder's Closing All Locations GAITHERSBURG—Magruder's is closing all four of its supermarkets, including Montgomery County's Gaithersburg and Rockville locations, but they may re-open under new ownership in the future. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. Man Guilty of Running Prostitution Ring from Rockville Pike Hotel ROCKVILLE—He’s been dubbed “The Pimp on the Pike.” Now, Nahshon Kornegay, 31, of District …
Monday, December 17, 2012
State Delegate Jon Cardin seeks to root out bogus citations.
A state delegate from Baltimore County says public confidence in speed cameras has deteriorated to the point that a state audit and possible reboot are needed. Del. Jon Cardin said Monday he plans to sponsor a bill calling for an audit of state and local speed camera tickets with an eye on rooting out bogus citations. "Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board," Cardin said. The Baltimore County Democrat said he is in the process of drawing up a bill that would create an audit due to legislators by October 2013. Instances of bogus tickets issued to drivers would result in a $1,000 per incident penalty, though it is not clear if the jurisdiction or the speed camera vendor would be responsible for the fine, Cardin said. "I'm not trying…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Damages to one camera put the portable unit out of commission, police said.
A speed camera in Silver Spring was damaged over the weekend and, no, police don't think an angry, ticketed driver was the culprit. "Possibly a group of juveniles that may be responsible," said officer Britta Thomas, a spokesperson for Montgomery County police. No one has been arrested, she said. Whomever is behind the vandalism managed to knock three portable units down on 16th Street in downtown Silver Spring, near Georgia Avenue, sometime between Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. Two of the cameras were not damaged and were put back into service on Sunday, but the third was taken away for repair, Thomas said. Residents of the neighborhood told NBC4 that the busy street is prone to speeding vehicles. Sixteenth Street is one of…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
This week, Lucille Baur of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers. Patch Reader Question: How many people were, in 2011, charged with violating the state's wiretapping laws for photographing or videotaping police officers? Baur: We are not aware of any such charges in 2011. Please note that wiretapping laws do not apply to photography or videotaping without sound. Officers know that they may be photographed or videotaped by anyone as they are in the course of conducting their regular duties. The wiretapping laws protect a conversation when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy such as during a phone call. No one is allowed to record a verbal conversation without the permission of all of the …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers— including those about privately installed speed cameras, when to stop for pedestrians and court fines.
This week, Capt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers about speed camera installations, cops and photography, court fines. Reader Question: Since the speed cameras are operated by a private company for their own profit and the county's profit, can a private person or homeowner put one in the neighborhood? Starks: No. Reader: Do we have to bid to get one? Starks: No. Reader: If it's about safety, as we hear so often, why not [put a speeding camera] where speeding is occurring? Starks: We do that. Reader: How about canvassing neighborhoods to find out if one is necessary? Starks: That is not a part of the process or the law. To learn more about the automated Traffic Enforcement Unit, …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Even after 14 years and hundreds of installed cameras, the debate over automated traffic enforcement continues.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
By Jessica Talson, Capital News Service In the 14 years since the Maryland legislature approved red light cameras, about 200 of the ticket-issuing machines have been installed in the state, according to a database compiled by AAA Mid-Atlantic. That doesn't include speed cameras, which are numerous in Maryland, but for which there is no comprehensive database. "[The cameras] are effective because they scare people," said Amanda Clark, 29, who has received four red light camera tickets and a speed camera ticket within the last five years. "People don't want to get hit with a [$40] ticket every day. But sometimes they're placed in the wrong places, like where people don't know the speed limit or if the speed limit changes drastically. But I …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
In the first two years of the speed camera enforcement program, a total of $30.7 million in fines have been issued.
Drivers who speed in Maryland are paying the penalty, according to a recent AAA report. About 16,000 tickets were issued in the work zone on Interstate 495 between the New Hampshire and University Boulevard exits. These were a part of 399,603 tickets issued in the state of Maryland, according to a Washington Post report. The tickets are estimated to cost $16 million dollars.