Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Beltway drivers, pay attention. Another work zone speed camera is being added to your daily commute.
Kai Jackson explains that you could get nailed, without even knowing it.
They’re set up in construction zones. And if you blink, you just might miss it.
But zoom past one of the state’s speed cameras and chances are, it saw you and took a picture.
“I’ve had tickets, and rightfully so,” driver Charles Ruby said. “They were mine. I owned them, earned them, I should say.”
Now, the State Highway Administration (SHA) says it will start monitoring another area with a speed camera. It will on the inner loop of I-695 at Frederick Road where a new overpass is being constructed.
Critics accuse governments of using the cameras to generate revenue.
James Younger looks at it this way.
“I think it’s a good gesture to put it out there, you know, to catch the speeders,” he said. “Follow the law and you won’t have any problems with speed cameras.”
Use of the cameras started in 2009, following the deaths of state highway workers.
“We want to make sure that our workers and everyone arrives home safely,” Kellie Boulware of the SHA said. “So, of course we want travel to slow down and definitely be attentive as they’re driving through.”
Speed cameras monitor four work zones in Baltimore County alone including the project to replace the Frederick Road bridge. Officials say it makes work zones safer.
Drivers will get a grace period from December 13 and January 2. If you speed past the 695-Frederick Road camera, you’ll get a notice but no ticket. The fines start on January 3.
“If it makes the roads safer, you know, I think it should be in place,” Ruby said.
Speed camera fines are $40.
Ten work zones are using speed cameras in Maryland.