Monday, December 10, 2012
State delegate says he wants a program that protects people and instills public confidence.
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…
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Perry Hall speed camera is one of at least five damaged in Baltimore County since 2010.
Police are investigating a vandalized speed camera on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall. Early Saturday morning, residents reported that black spray paint was covering the camera's lenses and a graffiti tag appeared on one side, according to Sgt. Bruce Aris, a Baltimore County police spokesman. At this time, investigators do not believe the incident is connected to a vandalized speed camera near Loch Raven High School, reported early Friday morning, Aris said. Community members largely supported the Seven Courts camera's installation in July. Speeding and reckless driving are widely regarded as serious problems along Seven Courts Drive. Ire over traffic conditions escalated after a 68-year-old woman was struck and killed while trying to …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Cameras at Southwest Academy, Loch Raven High, Stoneleigh Elementary, Patapsco High, and Owings Mills Elementary, will be activated August 8.
Baltimore County Police Monday said they will activate five new speed cameras on Wednesday. The cameras will be located at: County police first announced the locations on July 11. For the first 30 days, the cameras will issue warnings to drivers who exceed the posted speed limit by more than 12 mph. After that, violations carry a penalty of $40 with no points. This is the second batch of cameras to be added this summer following the County Council's vote to expand the program. Four other cameras were activate last month. The new devices bring the total of operation speed cameras in county school zones to 26. One additional camera is scheduled to be placed on Harford Road near St. Ursula School in Parkville pending approval from the State …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Black spray paint defaces speed cameras on Sulphur Spring Road and South Rolling Road.
Two speed cameras in southwest Baltimore County were the latest of the devices targeted by vandals, according to police officials. On Sunday morning, the box housing the speed camera near Catonsville High School on South Rolling Road was found defaced with black spray paint. According to police spokesperson Elise Armacost, footprints on the speed camera box indicate that it had also been kicked. The camera itself had been removed for the night and was not damaged, police said. By Monday morning, the spray paint had been removed and the speed camera was operational, according to police. At around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, the speed camera near Arbutus Elementary School on the 1200 block of Sulphur Spring Road was similarly defaced with …
Exterior of camera spray-painted overnight on Saturday.
The box that holds the speed camera at South Rolling Road and Brook Road was vandalized early Sunday morning, after someone spray-painted the box. As of Monday morning, the camera was operational and the spray paint had been removed. The camera was installed in April as a third location along South Rolling Road to catch speeders. The other two boxes are by Catonsville High School. The box is the same box that was set on fire roughly two weeks after it was installed. On Sunday night, the box was still covered with black spray paint. The camera itself is removed at the end of every day and put back the next morning. Follow Arbutus Patch on Facebook, Twitter or sign up for our newsletters.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Speed cameras in four new locations are put into service after a technical glitch delayed planned start.
What a difference a day makes. Four new speed camera locations are now operational a day after police said a technical difficulty delayed the planned start, according to a statement from the Baltimore County Police Department. The following cameras are now in service: A fifth site located along Harford Road near St. Ursula School in Parkville will become operational after the county receives approval from the State Highway Administration. The devices issue $40 tickets to vehicles photographed exceeding the speed limit by more than 12 mph in a county school zone. The new cameras, once operational, will issue warnings for the first 30 days. Earlier this week, the police department also announced that it had selected five new locations for …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Police say technical problems will delay the use of four new cameras.
The spirit is willing but sometimes the technology is weak. Four new speed cameras that were scheduled to become operational today have been delayed because of technical difficulties, according to Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman. The camera locations include: ACS State and Local Solutions is working to resolve the unspecified problem, according to Armacost, who added that police will make an announcement when the issues have been resolved and the cameras are operational. The devices issue $40 tickets to vehicles photographed exceeding the speed limit by more than 12 mph in a county school zone. The new cameras, once operational, will issue warnings for the first 30 days.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Four other sites at Winands and Seven Oaks Elementary Schools and Loch Raven Academy and Bais Yaakov become operational on Thursday.
Baltimore County Police have selected five new school zone sites for speed cameras. The new cameras will be located at the following schools: When the new cameras are installed, there will be 27 operational in the county. The department also announced Wednesday that four other sites will become operational on July 12. A fifth camera slated for Harford Road near St. Ursula's School will become operational after receiving State Highway Administration approval, according to a department news release.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Police said this was the third incident of speed camera van vandalism this month.
Howard County police announced the arrested an Ellicott City man who was shooting marbles at a speed camera near Manor Woods Elementary School around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Bruce Lawrence May, 50, of 2882 Evergreen Court in Ellicott City, was charged with second-degree assault, destruction of property and reckless endangerment after police said they determined he was driving the vehicle from which the marbles were shot. A civilian speed camera van operator was inside the van at the corner of Route 144 and Tridelphia Road when he heard something strike the side of the van and saw a gray 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan passing on Route 144, according to police. The same van passed again and the van operator saw the driver, May, with a …
Friday, April 20, 2012
The camera was at the newest location at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road.
The speed camera on South Rolling Road was destroyed after vandals set fire to the metal box early Friday morning, according to police. The act comes a week after the speed camera and cement pad were installed by the county at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road. Officials had added the third site along South Rolling Road after many residents complained about excessive speeding along that stretch of the road. Police received a call at 1:40 a.m. for a fire along the 400 block of South Rolling Road, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. When Engine 41 from Catonsville responded to the scene, firefighters saw that the metal box that holds the camera was on fire. Firefighters extinquished it and …