Going Too Fast? Soon There May Be More Eyes On Baltimore Co. Roads

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– More speed cameras are on their way to Baltimore County if the County Council approves a new contract this week.

Monique Griego  has more on how many cameras county police are asking for.

They say they want 14 more cameras– seven more speed cameras and seven more red light cameras.

Ebenezer Road near Perry Hall High School is one of several locations under consideration for a new speed camera.

Police are asking for permission to add seven more to the roster of 15 speed cameras already scattered around the county.

It’s an idea that raises a lot questions for some drivers.

“How many people are getting tickets? How much revenue is it generating? And what are they doing with it?” one driver asked.

Those are the kinds of questions County Council members want answers to before they approve a new contract with the traffic camera company already operating the county’s speed cameras and eight red light cameras.

An October report from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group warns local governments to review those traffic camera contracts with a critical eye.

Baltimore County Police haven’t said exactly where the seven new speed cameras and seven new red light cameras will go, but say the cameras already in place are making school zones safer.

“In several of the locations, the cameras have really radically reduced speeding and changed motorist behavior,” Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said.

The cameras mean millions in revenue to the county and the private company operating them. But to many drivers, adding more is a tough sell.

“Definitely near the schools, but I’m a little on the fence for anywhere else,” another driver said.

“There’s kids that aren’t paying attention all the time so I guess for their safety, it’s beneficial,” said another.

“They need to take all that stuff out. It’s just a money making thing,” one person said.

“I don’t like the fact that I get a ticket but if it’s saving someone’s life, then I guess it’s worth it,” said another.

The County Council is expected to review the traffic camera contract during its work session on Tuesday, but a vote on the contract isn’t expected until it meets Jan. 17.

Under the terms of the contract, Baltimore County Police would remain in charge of determining where the traffic cameras are needed most.

  • Bob

    I am not for speeding in school zones or running red lights. But this is more about revenue than anything else.

    • Eunice

      Why does it matter? It is still encouraging people to slow down and obey the law. Who cares about the money. How else should people be reprimanded for disobeying the law? The only time people pay attention is when it effects their pocketbooks. I say $100 fee for the first offense and raise it $100 for each offense thereafter.

  • Mike Bailey

    Its all about money… don’t fall for the lies…… COMING TO A STREET NEAR YOU “SPEED CAMERA”


    They should be illegal because:
    -you are automatically guilty, unless proven innocent.
    -fines are astronomical due dual profiting need (government and private company that owns the cameras)
    -the areas they propose installing the cameras to save lives will be unoccupied after say 10pm until 4am, but cameras will still be working during that time

    Just like many other scams out there, the true reason for introducing more of these cameras are for profit, and, in today’s tough economy, it should be stopped.

  • joe ecko ecko

    worked in the city very well so lets do it to the county folks to…

  • Bernard Mc Kernan

    Sure they raise revenue but also save lives idiots. Slow down & you won’t have to worry. No reason to speed even if you overslept. That’s on you.

    • Eunice

      I agree. Why would anyone be concerned unless they routinely break the law … and, in which case, have likely avoided fair penalties over the years and deserve to pay a fee many times over whatever fee is set in place. This is like saying “let’s not put security cameras at the gates of the White House because they could throw you in jail or give you a fine” Well, what’s it to you unless you plan on breaking into into the White House?

  • joe ecko ecko

    shut up you work for the state lol keep your face shut

    • Eunice

      You obviously don’t obey the law. This is like a teacher having a jar of candy on her desk and students keep taking the candy. One day, the teacher decides to move the candy jar into her locked cupboard and the students complain. Why would they complain unless they were doing something they weren’t supposed to do- taking the candy?

  • Jerry

    The cameras are a joke. Reason being is that I got a speeding ticket for going 42 in a 35 zone and my foot was on the brake and it was caught on film. I still got the ticket.

    • Claire

      Brake lights on meaning that you were caught as you were slowing down from over 47? I’m sorry, but I agree with the people who feel that, although there is always the possibility of a glitch, the cameras are going to catch people who are doing something wrong. Even 42 is more than the “accepted” 5mph over the speed limit. I’m not trying to put myself above everyone – I’m not the one going 30 in a 35mph zone – but I’ve seen people flying through areas at speeds to fast to stop, should a child suddenly think it’s a good idea to step into the street. Why do so many people feel they are more important than the safety of everyone else? Why do so many people think they don’t have to follow the rules? Do you think that just because a school isn’t in session that no person or animal might step into the street, even if it’s not a good idea? It’s the lack of respect for others and the expression of entitlement of people that really makes me sick.

    • Eunice

      What a moron! You were going over the speed limit by almost 10 miles. It is the speed LIMIT. Obey the law and you have nothing to worry about. Oh, woe is you for having to pay a fine for breaking the law. The older I get, the more I value my Catholic education and the more I realize how right I was for sending my kids to private school to learn discipline and morality. What is wrong with you people that you are complaining that you are getting caught for doing something illegal? I don’t understand this.

  • Claire

    Let me add that I’d rather them get revenue from people doing things they shouldn’t than by taxing me even more.

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