Hope for Slow Down With Seven Courts Speed Camera
A longtime resident said it's too early to tell how a speed camera will impact Seven Courts traffic.
When Linda Bain bought her home 26 years ago, Seven Courts Drive was a dead-end road.
But as Seven Courts became a major connector to several streets and hundreds of homes, Bain watched traffic escalate, speeds rise and vehicle accidents increase.
"I wanted to live on a public street, but not a busy street," Bain said. "Now, what do you do? It's horrible."
In recent years, at least five vehicles—belonging to herself, family members and friends—have been struck or damaged near her home by speeding or reckless drivers, she said.
When a 68-year-old woman was struck and killed while trying to cross Seven Courts near Joppa Road in January, Bain said she wasn't surprised.
The traffic conditions compelled her to contact County Councilman David Marks' office about the potential for traffic calming measures, she said. Marks recently contacted her about the installation of a speed camera near Seven Oaks Elementary, just a stone's throw from her home.
The camera will issue only warnings until a full 30 days after activation, but afterward, drivers in the designated school zone who exceed the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive a $40 citation. Based on state law, speed cameras operate year-round, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
"The goal is to have people slow down, especially in the school zone," said Officer Mark Dorsey of the Parkville precinct.
He added that if problems with speeding and recklessness through the area persist, residents should call 911 or the Parkville precinct at 410-887-5310.
"We wouldn't set up radar [near the speed camera], but it is possible to set it up in another area of Seven Courts," Dorsey said.
Bain said she hopes the speed camera will improve the way drivers maneuver Seven Courts, but she doesn't expect habits to change immediately.
"Right now, it's so new—it's really hard to say if it will make a difference," she said.
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