A speed camera is coming to Seven Oaks Elementary's school zone, one of five new cameras announced by police officials late Friday afternoon.
Installation will begin "in the next few days," along Seven Courts Drive, between Joppa Road and Proctor Lane, according to a news release. Cameras will also be installed throughout the county, near Winands Elementary, Loch Raven Academy, Bais Yaakov and St. Ursula's.
The Seven Courts camera is slated to be Perry Hall's second speed camera. The first was installed near Perry Hall High on May 1.
Under previous legislation, the total number of speed cameras in county school zones was restricted to 15. But on Jan. 1, 2012, under a new contract and a law approved by the County Council in February, the county was allowed to install an unlimited number of devices in school zones. The latest five additional cameras will bring the county's total to 22, according to the release.
Thirty days after a speed cameras is activated, drivers in the designated school zone who exceed the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive a warning. After 30 days, the cameras will begin issuing $40 citations.
Based on state law, speed cameras operate year-round, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Speeding and reckless driving is widely regarded as a serious problem along Seven Courts Drive. Ire over traffic conditions escalated after a 68-year-old woman was struck and killed while trying to cross the road in January.
Police temporarily stationed a speed display device along Seven Courts Drive in March. Capt. Gordon Skinner of the Parkville police precinct said its placement is in direct response to traffic concerns from local residents, shared in the comments of Patch articles and during community meetings following the hit-and-run.
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