Two speed cameras in operation near Baltimore County schools

February 25, 2010|By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com

After some delay, Baltimore County officials have begun operating two of 15 proposed speed cameras.

One focuses on westbound lanes on the 7000 block of Dunman Way near Dundalk Middle School and Dundalk Elementary School, while the other is trained on eastbound lanes of the 1200 block of Sulphur Spring Road in Halethorpe, near Arbutus Middle School.

The cameras were authorized on Sept. 8, when the Baltimore County Council approved legislation authorizing the use of speed cameras in up to 15 school zones. The cameras will operate Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., including during summer months when schools are not in session. Any tickets issued as a result of images captured are classified as civil, with a fine of $40 and no points on drivers' records.

Tickets will be triggered by motorists traveling at least 12 miles per hour over the posted speed limit in each of the school zones. In the first 30 days of the cameras' operation, warnings only will be issued.

Lt. Robert McCullough, a spokesman for the county police, said he was not certain when the remaining cameras would be up and running.

"I suspect that they should all be in operation within the next three to four weeks," he said, "provided the weather cooperates and there are no unforeseen problems."

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