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Marks: Speed Camera Not Retribution for Vote

Perry Hall Republican voted against expansion of county speed camera program.

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 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 location went up last month.

Marks and fellow Republican Councilman Todd Huff .

"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.

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Buzz Beeler October 12, 2011 at 06:10 PM
A very sensible comment. There are many ways to deal with speeding and this is just one of them. In today's society cameras are every where and the results are as varied as this issue. Time will tell if this is a viable solution.
Bill Howard October 12, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Bob Thank you for making sense. That 2.3 million dollars could get us some REAL police protection. Only thing is, the extra cops will most likely catch fewer speeding soccer moms and more dope dealers and burglars. Do we want that?
Jason Danaher October 13, 2011 at 06:03 AM
I live in dundalk. I live near standbury park. the main drag on the road next to the quarry was a speed way. Traffic calming devices to funnel traffic and speed humps have stopped the speeding. Since they are no point tickets, 40 bucks is a 1 time fee. It isnt like a real speeding ticket. where points= insurance going up. I also think since you cannot take a speed camera to court you cannot face your accuser in court. Also the calibration and software are not open to the public. So if the software and sensors are off you cannot defend your self
Buzz Beeler October 13, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Jason, I'm not sure about the calibration and software open to the public issue. While I was the breath test supervisor in the county there were many challenges to the equipment used to obtain a BAC on a defendant. In fact it got so bad that a tech was assigned to be in court to answer many of the challenges. Laws are akin to spin control; you just never know what the outcome will be. I think you might refer to it as opinion attributed to humane error. In the case of a speed camera, legal challenges can be made. The drawback is they are costly to those making them. I have be out of the loop for awhile so I won''t swear to it. There were many challenges on red light cameras and the timing of the yellow lights.
Kimberly Ann Bankard October 13, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I've been driving to DC for over 22 years and in the past few years as we all know they have lots of signs that tell you your speed with the police speed vehicle close by (sometimes). There have been more than a lot of times where I go by at 60 mph and they read 50mph or 75 mph. I have to take a deep breath when they say 75mph and thank god the ticket vehicle is not there b/c I know I was only going 60. You think cameras don't malfunction like that. Also this has me so upset and mad. I've never gotten a ticket in my life and I drive over 150 miles round trip to work a day. I got my first ticket the day of the hurricane. I was making a right at Moravia on what I thought would be yellow and it turned red faster that I've ever seen in my life. I had my 66 year old mother in the vehicle and I said to her - How did that turn red so fast?. I got a ticket for making a right on red and not stopping long enough. The only reason I turned and did not come to a complete stop is that I thought it was still going to be yellow. Now I have to fight it in court near North Avenue for what a police officer would reasonably probably not have given me a ticket. I think that light turned red faster than it was supposed to. I was not being a racer with my mom in the car.The most important thing near the schools is the kids. Speed Bumps should be stressed. Even the speeders don't want to mess up their vehicles.

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