Speed cameras are a revenue enhancer or a public safety tool, depending on which side of the argument you come down on.
For Councilman David Marks, however, there is one thing a new camera slated for a school zone less a mile from his home is not: political retribution.
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said last month that the county will install a camera on Ebenezer Road in front of Perry Hall High School. The camera, scheduled for installation after the first of the year, will be the 16th camera in a county school zone and the first to be added to the original 15 since the program was approved in 2009.
The sign announcing the new camera location went up last month.
"There are people who want these cameras," said Marks. "I didn't want to authorize the expansion of speed cameras. I think there are other ways to control traffic."
The location of the additional camera will be about a half-mile from Marks' house and likely a daily visible reminder of the expansion he opposed. The councilman chuckled when asked about the placement.
"I don't think it's retribution," Marks said.