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Howard County Speed Cameras 'Snap' Thousands of Violators

More than 2,500 citations issued since mid-November; $40,000 in fines collected so far.

Since Howard County's speed camera program began issuing tickets about seven weeks ago, some 2,857 citations have been issued, according to Howard County Police.

The program began issuing $40 tickets to violators on Nov. 16, following a month of warnings starting in October. Police spokesperson Elizabeth Schroen said 737 warning notices were sent during the 30-day warning period.

In the seven weeks since warnings ended, police report $40,000 in fines have been collected for 1,000 citations. The remainder "are pending payment," says Schroen. They total an additional $74,280 in fines.

Citations with fines are issued to drivers traveling 12 mph or more above the speed limit but do not add penalty points to the violator's driving record.

The two roving speed cameras are mounted on vans that rotate among streets in Howard County school zones. The vans are moved throughout the day, say police.

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.

The list of speed camera locations is updated by HCPD every Thursday on its website, along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Patch also has a list of posted locations here.

 

How do you think the speed camera program is working so far? Tell us in the comments.

MG42 January 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This is obviously about money and not about public safety. I'm sure they hope to make bank on these vans by year end. Otherwise, you wouldn't have the vans sitting in front of schools in the rural parts of the county where no students walk to school. Also, the vans were active the week after Christmas when schools for closed for winter break. $$$$
Gregory Pultorak January 06, 2012 at 03:37 PM
"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." - DISGUSTING.
ZZ January 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I need to get in this racket. Which one of Ulmans supporters owns the speed camera trucks? Bet there is a link somewhere.
Brook Hubbard January 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
How about everyone just slow the hell down and they won't have to worry about the fines? Then they don't have to be concerned about the supposed government "racket" they're decrying. If someone feels the need to go 12+ mph over the speed limit, they deserve what they get.
Sean Colin January 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Where is the data on accident reduction or the fewer number of students struck? All they ever quote is how much money they have generated, which is why there are in use to begin with.

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