AAA Study: Speed Cameras In Construction Zones Work

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Speed cameras in construction zones work. That’s what a new AAA study discovered this week.

Gigi Barnett explains that means millions for the state’s coffers.

Construction zones statewide are protected by speed cameras. A new study released this week by AAA found that those surveillance cameras are watching quite well.

“I think I got nabbed twice before I realized I was getting tickets,” said driver Craig Pfeifer.

Revenue from speeding tickets is up and fatalities among construction workers is down.

A hit-and-run accident killed a construction worker back in 2005. The driver pinned him under a tractor. Two years ago, the state installed the cameras. That same year, six people died in highway work zones; some of them were drivers.

“Motorists are getting the message. They’re realizing the importance of slowing down in these work zones,” said Christine Delise, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman.

Between January and October of this year, the state wrote nearly 400,000 construction zone speeding tickets and, if every driver paid those fines, that’s $16 million. But some drivers are upset that these cameras are active even when workers aren’t there.

“This is a concern as the whole work zone enforcement program loses credibility when motorists drive through, especially like on Thanksgiving Day, and there are not workers present,” Delise said.

But some drivers are okay with a 24/7 construction zone camera because the work area has hidden dangers.

“The sign doesn’t say reduce speed because of construction workers. It says reduce speed because of a construction zone and the zone is there,” said one driver.

The construction speed zone fines are $40 each.

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  • Liberal Soldier

    I honestly have no problem with the speed cameras. People should drive the speed limit. Of course they can do as they please but they will pay the price. Good way to raise state revenue by catching the stupid people.

  • Tom

    There is no credibility when you can’t face your accuser. A total bypass of due process which once separated the United States from other countries in a true democracy. When law makers first pushed for this, it was justified by saving contruction workers. Now that it has its foot hold the story now twist that would otherwise lost credibility in the beginning. This is truely a O’Malley money making scheme under the usual umbrella of “public safety” . We have not learned from our pass. This is nothing more than Macon county Georgia in the 1960’s. At least the federal justice department did something about it back then….

    • Liberal Soldier

      Tom I understand what you are saying. What the state is counting on is stupid drivers that don’t slow down and will continue to pay to speed. Why have a trial and face the accuser? That would cost money for court proceedings and there is a real chance the state would lose. Better to keep having hard headed individuals pump money out of their bank account into the states hands for the opportunity to speed through a work zone..

  • Kay

    I do understand the point of speed cameras, but I got my ticket at 10:45 pm. There was no construction going on. I think they should be turned off after a certain time at night.

  • Ssport

    How do you know that there are no construction workers at night. There are. Can you see everywhere as you speed by? Follow the signs(the law) and keep your speed within the posted limit and possibly save a life. Simple.

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