2 Mobile Speed Cameras In Baltimore Set On Fire; Police Looking For Suspect

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Speed cameras set on fire. Baltimore police are searching for the person who torched two cameras in three days.

Andrea Fujii has the investigation and the growing anger over speed cameras.

Mobile speed cameras take pictures of cars going 12 miles or more above the speed limit. They are meant to catch speeders but they also spark outrage which may have caused someone to light two of them on fire.

“We want people to know that if you do plan to damage any of the cameras you will be held fully responsible,” Adrienne Barnes of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation said.

Both incidents happened in the 1200 block of Howard Street– one on Wednesday morning, the other on Friday.

Investigators now have both cameras but the burn marks are still visible.

Police say some type of accelerator was used to light the boxes. It’s not clear how much damage was done to them but WJZ is told they will be replaced.

This isn’t the first act of violence toward speed cameras.

In July, a man attacked a state speed camera vehicle on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway with its operater still inside.

And in College Park, residents rallied to have their cameras removed.

In the City, drivers have mixed feelings on them.

“They’re annoying but you’re not supposed to be speeding,” said one driver.

“I’m not happy with them. It’s just another way to raise money,” said another.

But data shows the cameras are working since their implementation in 2009.

“Right now, we do see a decrease in some of the cameras that we’ve put up earlier that it is changing driver behavior,” Barnes said.

There are eight mobile speed cameras around the city, mainly around school zones. They rotate between 65 different locations.

Police describe the suspect as an adult male 5’5″ tall. For a complete list of speed camera locations in the city, click here.

  • joe schmoe

    Excellent!! Hopefully the rest of them dissapear. When the city ignores its constituents, what else can you expect to happen.

  • Jackie Auburn

    should of done the red light cameras also. what a scam. try to stop in 3.4 seconds when you first notice the yellow. Either you slam on your break and get hit in the rear or go through it and pay $75.00. Maryland is the 4th highest taxed state in the nation..Wonder why? Vote all the bums out..

  • Steve

    About time! Brake them all!

  • Jonny the elderly Boy

    HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!! ReaLLY HAPPY to hear it. Back in my day the people weren’t so ready to give up their bill of rights these cameras woulda been smashed the day they were put up; well, we had our time and did our best, it’s up to the youth of today to stand up to Big Brother. You go, kids. These cameras are an obvious violation of the fourth amendment and those installing and enforcing them should be subject to arrest and prosecution for treason. When laws are used to generate revenue, the entire concept of law becomes void. You want anarchy Mr or Ms Barnes? Congratulations, here it comes.

  • Yeahhhh

    They should set more on fire!

  • UpFront

    Another revenue generator bites the dust. So be it. Looks like “taking back the streets” has a whole new chapter.

  • Mrs. Cooper

    Perhaps investing in signage is an option!!! If a school zone is such a concern, than put up a sign that says “slow school zone!” If I am going a little fast, it is usually because I have to truck my kids outside of the city for a decent education and then come back into the city for work. So not only am I getting little for my very high taxes, now I get to pay through ridiculous speed traps with no signage? Don’t tell me it is not for revenue as a council member recently did and say it is for safety when there is no signage. Don’t polish a turd!!! And I should mention, I am the middle class with a family you don’t want to leave the city. Really? Just raise my taxes instead. I expect that!!

  • Meeee

    nice to know speed cameras only work because people see them and slow down… We all learned what red lights not to run so this is a mute point on being “successful” it’s a cash cow like all the other overtaxed items in MD… Still waiting on the air tax by omalley.. it will happen 1 day.

  • callitasiseeit

    they should burn all of them. I got a ticket at one that had the red camera. I slowed up so as not to get caught by the red light camera then had to speed up when I realized that the light was changing and ended up with the speed camera ticket. They should at least have the pedestrian count down timer at all intersections that have those speed/red light cameras so you would know when to stop.

  • Sick of it all

    I love it!!! This isn’t about speed, its about MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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