BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you have a heavy foot, you’re probably among the 1.5 million Maryland drivers who have received a ticket after being caught on a speed camera.

New data shows that Maryland drivers are paying millions of dollars in fines after being captured on a speed camera.

Maryland Made $64M From Speeding Drivers Caught On Camera This Year 

“They are exploiting us in getting money to do what they want to do,” Horace Walker, a Maryland driver, said.

New data from AAA revealed that speed cameras generated $64 million in fines in the fiscal year of 2018.

At the top of the speed camera fine list is what AAA described as the “Million Dollar Club.”

Jurisdictions like Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Montgomery County collected millions in fines from speed cameras.

Regina Cooper-Averella, of AAA, said that there are positive outcomes of speed camera fines in the State of Maryland.

“We are seeing motorists, in many cases, are changing their behaviors,” Cooper-Averella said. “Drivers are slowing down in most cases and are paying those fines as they receive them.”

But Maryland drivers want to know where the money from speed camera fines is going.

Baltimore City said revenue from their speed cameras helps with public safety.

Baltimore County had a more detailed list. According to the report, funds were used to buy body cameras, K9-units a robot and to pay some salaries.

Maryland drivers are also uncertain that the speed cameras function properly.

Baltimore City was forced to temporarily shut down its program for a few years because the cameras were generating tickets even when drivers were below the speed limit.

Drivers across Maryland believe the speed cameras only work to a certain extent.

“It has a positive only where the cameras are set up,” Walker said. “But right after that you leave that area, it’s business as usual. Back to speeding.”

The fines for speed cameras is $40 per ticket. The device is activated if you’re going more than 12 mph over the speed limit.

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (2)
  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    Remember when this all started? It was for children/school safety. Like fee’s and taxes and permits aren’t expensive in Maryland. Democrats out of control, never challenged. This is exactly what this is.

  2. James Walker says:

    The only reason that speed cameras are so profitable in Maryland is the fact so many main roads are improperly and less-safely posted with arbitrarily low speed limits set 10 or more mph below the safest levels. Example: If the slowest 85% of the cars are at or below 43 to 47 mph on a multi-lane urban arterial, the safest limit to post for the fewest accidents is 45 mph – NOT 40 or 35 or 30 or 25. You would find one of the for-profit speed camera rackets in such a location ONLY if the limit were less-safely set at 35 or lower to put ticket loot above safety.
    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association