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County Eyes New Speed Camera Locations

Police chief says review of original 15 is complete and has recommended moving some devices to new school zones.

Some of the 15 speed cameras in Baltimore County school zones could be moved to new locations, according to county police Chief Jim Johnson.

Johnson, in an interview Wednesday, said a review of the original 15 cameras, installed just over a year ago, was recently completed.

"I've been looking at the current 15 camera sites and I'm making recommendations as to whether or not some of the cameras should be moved to other locations," Johnson said, adding that "there are a few sites that could be changed."

Johnson declined to say how many cameras could be moved as a result of what he called "a lengthy analysis."

The cameras issue $40 tickets to drivers caught exceeding the speed limit in school zones by more than 12 mph.

Johnson has previously told county officials that in changing the habits of speeding drivers.

A list of potential new sites has been sent to the administration for approval, Johnson said. He declined to say what school zones have been recommended.

In February, the County Council approved a law allowing the county to in school zones around the county. The original bill, passed in 2010, limited the county to just 15 speed cameras.

The county has, however, faced budgetary challenges because of the economic downturn. Earlier this year, county officials told members of the county's General Assembly delegation that it had , despite the change in the law.

CORRECTION: An earlier edition of this article incorrectly stated the speed that must be exceeded in order for the camera to issue a ticket.

Selma Kahl September 18, 2011 at 01:02 AM
or just simply avoid that street. then you won't have to wash your plates. Or risk having an officer give you a ticket for unreadable plates. JD when you discovered this you by any chance were you not breaking the law? For this trick to work you have to be aware that the camera is there and properly judge how far back to start flooring it. What happens if your Mother or sister were to step into the street? Do you slam on the breaks or just pay for the funerals. .
Rob September 19, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Hmmm, I thought it was about safety not a profit?
Bill Howard September 22, 2011 at 01:42 AM
So Tim, If you are NOT breaking the law, you would be OK with wearing an RFID chip to prove to the government you are not trespassing? If you are not breaking the law, you are OK with getting stripped and felt at the airport? If you are not breaking the law you are OK with the government having transcipts of your doctor visits for both physical and mental health? How about a speed camera on your dashboard (maybe with a microphone - ie OnStar system) if you are not breaking the law? Did you know once the government has the ability it can make those laws even stricter and where will you be then? The IRS can get a print out of what publications you get are you OK with that? As always, Fascism always has its useful fans who trade short term security for long term bondage.
Tim September 22, 2011 at 02:04 AM
(part 2, to Bill) Yes, I know what the government can do. Yes, I'm OK with the IRS having the ability to print out what publications I get. Guess what?if the federal government wants your information, they are getting it whether you like it or not. It's already catalogged. Most idiots broadcast it all on "social media" as it is. Makes the government's job easy. For entertainment's sake, I'll throw another option for you I'd love to see: - people ticketed and/or fined for cell phone use (unless hands free) as a primary offense. Talk about a safety issue! I'd gladly vote to take down every speed camera in the state if it meant getting this law passed. I am well aware of the various programs going on with the government and monitoring. However, unlike most people, my sliding scale of common sense use doesn't stick to one extreme or the other. The concept of being a moderate is generally lost in this nation - and it sure as hell is in Washington. Today, Tea Party morons voted to stop funding the government - and FEMA support - because the corresponding cuts weren't enough to their liking. So once again we're looking at a potential government shutdown in 9 days. Here's something else for you to chew on. Speaking of On-Star: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/21/gms-onstar-now-spying-on-your-car-for-profit-even-after-you-uns/
Tim September 22, 2011 at 02:08 AM
Bill: Apples and Oranges for your first example. I'll give you two reasons why: 1) You're talking about personal privacy versus a moving violation/operating a motor vehicle. 2) You're also talking a non-safety issue (trespass) versus a safety issue (speeding). Now onto your others: - Airport, again, it's personal privacy issue - this is different from following a traffic law and endangering others. Actually, I am so against the TSA garbage I refuse to fly. Beyond the personal liberty angle, the TSA simply doesn't work to begin with. These people would be mall cops somewhere if not for this crap. There are plenty of holes in the entire system that if someone REALLY wanted to smuggle a boxcutter onto an aircraft - I'm sure they could. Air travel was the safest form of transportation before 9/11/01, and I don't believe that changes with or without these rent-a-cops today. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to get out of most of the Middle East's business. That's another topic. - The whole speed camera/onstar surveillance in the vehicle is my threshold. Again, we're talking purely a personal privacy issue. Especially if you're including a microphone issue. I wouldn't be entirely against a speed monitor (alone) on vehicles - it would depend on the specifics of the implementation. let me continue this in a seperate post.

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