Howard Co. To Vote On Speed Camera Bill

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)—Howard County is on the verge of becoming the 20th jurisdiction in Maryland to allow automated speed cameras near schools. Police say it’s all about safety.

But Mike Schuh reports some feel this is an additional way to tax motorists.

Go anywhere in Howard County and you will not see speed cameras. They are allowed but have to be authorized by local governments.

Chief William McMahon has done a good job of convincing the County Council to vote to allow speed cameras.

“Sixty-six percent of the vehicles going through our school zones were speeding,” he said.

At the start only two portable cameras would be allowed and only in school zones. They would be housed in minivans and deployed all over the county. With more than 100 schools in the county, studies show speeds do go down after cameras arrive.

“I don’t remember any stories lately about a kid getting hit on the way to or from school [in areas where cameras are installed],” McMahon said. “I guess my question is how many do we need before we go ahead and take this measure?”

“I agree with it, for one thing around the schools because of the safety of the children,” said one speed camera supporter.

“It’s probably a good idea because I do think most people speed every day,” said another.

But some say speed cameras are just another form of taxation.

“It’s a ripoff,” said an opponent.” I think they have found an easy way to make money off people.”

“My interest in this as chief of police is public and traffic safety. The other issues are not a part of my thought process,” McMahon said.

The County Council will vote on Monday whether to allow those cameras.

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  1. sheriff says:

    It’s a money grab by local government but people do need to slow down. Qanat to bet with the slow down in accidents & deaths they won’t see any reduction in their insurance premiums.

  2. harley121 says:

    Money, Money, MONEY!! These freck’f politicians will bleed us dry!! REMEMBER THEIR NAMES IN 2012!!!!! VOTE THEM OUT!!!!

  3. D A B says:

    people should slow their driving down. when the speed limit is clearly posted at 30 miles and not 80 or 55 and not 95 yes give these speeders a ticket. it’s not the politicians its the law

    1. sheriff says:

      Err, excuse me DAB but the politicians make the law last I looked.

  4. Bob says:

    Same old arguement. Liberals saying we need to slow down and enforce the speed laws. Everyone else knows its yet another democrat scheme to suck money out of the publics pockets. Yet another way to extract money from the working mans pocket and trickle it into the welfare recipiants!

  5. Bob says:

    Same old argument. Liberals saying we need to slow down and enforce the speed laws. Everyone else knows its yet another democrat scheme to suck money out of the publics pockets. Yet another way to extract money from the working mans pocket and trickle it into the welfare recipients!

  6. Bob Watson says:

    Hey, who cares if it’s all about money? Drive the damn speed limit and they won’t get any of yours! If everyone followed the laws these things wouldn’t be necessary.

  7. Doug says:

    Next the Government will force us to mount a Toilet Cams in our homes.

  8. Keith says:

    in the old days they called this a “speed trap”, small towns from here to the shore made their entire budget from the traps. Everyone knew it was all about the money, even though the town sheriff would swear he was just protecting his citizens from the speeders. I’ve never heard of a child in Howard county being injured by someone in a car speeding thru a school zone…

  9. Jonathan Chiles says:

    First of all, it is not 30 MPH in a school zone. It is 15. Now will these speed camera’s be programed for 15 of 30 MPH. Because the last I heard they will be considering the school day till 8pm at night even though the school day ends by 4. just food for thought

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