It turns out that the Seven Courts Drive speed camera, installed last week, was only temporary. A new one is still in the planning stages, according to Baltimore County police.
Police had previously announced that a speed camera would be installed within the first week of June in Seven Oaks Elementary's school zone. Instead, one was installed in the first week of July—but on July 6, county workers dismantled the device, spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton told Patch.
"It was a temporary camera for testing purposes. It was not activated and it did not issue citations," Batton said.
In spite of the delays, she said a new permanent camera is expected to be installed soon.
"Obviously, we're trying to give the community as much notice as possible," she added.
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, 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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Editor's Note: This is an update to a previous Patch article. A large portion of the text also appears in Speed Camera Coming to Seven Courts Drive.