ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has narrowly rejected an amendment that would have altered when speed cameras can be used to ticket drivers in work zones.

The body rejected the amendment, which would have changed a bill designed to allow people other than police officers to sign tickets recorded by cameras, by a 23 to 22 vote Thursday.

Sponsored by Howard County Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman, the amendment would have mandated that speed cameras
need not be used in construction zones when no one is working.

Opponents of the amendment argued that the cameras, which were legalized statewide in 2009, are necessary even when workers are not present because narrowed lanes and adjustments to traffic flow make roads dangerous.

The bill awaits a final vote from the full Senate.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. peter o neil says:

    Speed kills, people need to learn & respect the law.

    1. meeeeeeeeeeeeee says:

      So does pollution and disease and the sun and smoking and drinking so if eating, drinking, smoking, and breathing kills… Maybe we need a bubble for us all. Hell cops drive just as fast… look at the councilwoman going 105MPH on 495… As long as people have immunities from laws it will not get better. Big brother can twist and bend the law any way they want.

  2. vanz73 says:

    It’s about the money – turn off the cameras and you turn off the money. I have a problem with private companies earning big bucks to set up and run these cameras. They have every reason to put more cameras out there – to make more money. The problem is once we know where the cameras are, we slow down for that section and the camera stops making enough money. The solution, like a ponzi scheme is to keep putting up more cameras. Or in Montgomery County put the cash collection machines, aka speed cameras, down the street from the camera that is no longer making enough cash….

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