A single sign near Perry Hall High School warns speeding drivers of an upcoming speed camera.
Along the 4600 block of Ebenezer Road, the recently posted sign reads "Photo Enforced" beneath the 30 mph speed limit. But for now, the sign appears to be little more than an idle threat.
"There is no camera there. Nothing has been installed," Det. Cathy Batton said. "No citations are being issued; there are no mobile cameras being used [near Perry Hall High] at this time."
Batton said she had no information on why the sign was posted. She could not immediately say Perry Hall was expected to receive a speed camera in the near future.
Just over a year ago, Baltimore County installed 15 speed cameras, which issue $40 tickets to drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 12 mph.
But the list of participating school zones is subject to change, county police Chief Jim Johnson said in an interview Wednesday.
Johnson said a review of the camera's locations had recently been completed and some devices could be moved to new school zones.
He declined to name the locations recommended to the administration for speed camera enforcement.
Principal George Roberts said he first noticed the sign about two weeks ago, but otherwise was not notified about a new speed camera.
He said an orange construction barrier had been placed around a small concrete pad near the school. "From all indications, it looks like there's going to be one there," Roberts said.
"Anything that will promote slower speeds outside the school sounds like sound policy," he added.
A law approved by the County Council in February allows the county to install an unlimited number of devices in school zones. A previous bill passed in 2010 limited the county to just 15 speed cameras.
If a speed camera is eventually installed near Perry Hall High School, its location will be publicized, Batton said.
"We want people to know where these are because they act as a deterrent [against speeding]," she said.