BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The state says they’re needed for safety. Turns out those work zone cameras are also good at making money—and a lot of it.

Alex DeMetrick has the numbers and a proposal that could limit those automated tickets.

It’s a question of timing and whether it’s fair to keep those cameras clicking around the clock.

Some speed cameras move from work zone to work zone. Go 12 miles over the posted limit and you get a ticket.

“On the Beltway, 695. Hate ’em. Absolutely hate ’em,” said Vicky Richards.

According to AAA, last year, almost half a million drivers were nabbed by the cameras, generating $19 million in fines. Altogether, nearly one million tickets have gone out since the program began in 2009.

State Highways says it’s about worker safety, not money. But the cameras are still operating after the workers have gone home.

“They shouldn’t be on at night when no one’s working in the area. It doesn’t make sense,” said Steve Weidle.

According to an earlier study, 63 percent of the work zone tickets were issued when no one was working.

“I’m not crazy about speed cameras on highways, but I do understand in a construction zone where there’s active construction,” said Senator Jim Brochin.

Brochin will introduce legislation about turning the cameras off if no one’s working.

“So it’s tweaking and it just says when workers are present or at least one worker is present,” Brochin said.

But AAA says even idle work zones pose a risk with new traffic patterns and lane shifting. And not all drivers are opposed to the cameras.

“Encourages people to obey the laws and keep themselves and other people safe. I like that,” said Fred Weinstein.

AAA says slowing down in work zones at all times is backed by studies showing four out of every five injuries in a work area is to those inside the car.

 Brochin plans to introduce his bill limiting work zone cameras to working hours Tuesday in Annapolis.

Comments (5)
  1. outkasts says:

    24hrs a day and 19 million dollars and owemalley keep adding more taxes

  2. BCoFD says:

    Everyone knows where they are now, its you’re own fault if you get a ticket. I know, I think I have two on the way. 19 million for the state can’t hurt right now, I vote leave them up for those who refuse to acknowledge they exist. I’m not a sore loser for getting the tickets, I knew the cameras we’re there.

  3. RavenLude says:

    owemalley revenue cameras…….it has nothing to do w/ safety

    1. fred says:

      Logically you cannot make that statement, you are clueless to the results to compare to if they were never instituted to begin with. But then I suppose making no sense at all is the thing these days. Carry on, sorry.

  4. Ricci Adams says:

    Don’t add any more limits. Figures as soon as the members of the General Assembly start getting tickets that want to limit the issuance of tickets. Seriously, since they don’t get to tell the cops who they are, they do not get off being issued a ticket.

    They already allows us to go up to 11 mph over the posted speed limit. It does not matter if there is no one working the speed limit should be reduced. There are shifts in traffic patterns and lanes, jersey walls, and other driving difficulties in work areas that require the speed reduction. There are plenty of bad drivers in Maryland were we need the speed restrictions in these areas.

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