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Speed Camera on South Rolling Road Torched

The camera was at the newest location at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road.

The speed camera on South Rolling Road was destroyed after vandals set fire to the metal box early Friday morning, according to police.

The act comes a week after the were installed by the county at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road. 

Officials had added the third site along South Rolling Road after many residents complained about excessive speeding along that stretch of the road.

Police received a call at 1:40 a.m. for a fire along the 400 block of South Rolling Road, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

When Engine 41 from Catonsville responded to the scene, firefighters saw that the metal box that holds the camera was on fire. Firefighters extinquished it and police investigators were called to the scene, Armacost said.

Police determined that the fire was a first-degree malicious burning, but said they do not have any suspects at this time.

Armacost said the fire caused $13,000 in damages.

Marty Haggerty, who lives on South Rolling Road across the street from the camera, was awakened by his wife last night amid the commotion.

He watched as firefighters extinguished the camera, which he said was in flames.

"It was frightening," he said. "My kids were crying."

Haggerty, who worked along with many neighbors along that stretch of road to add the camera, said he was angered by the act of vandalism. He said he thought the fire was set by someone who didn't like the camera. 

"If you're opposed to the speed camera, you don't do an act of terrorism," he said. "We got this camera by playing by the rules."

County speed cameras have been . Someone spray painted a camera near Sparrows Point High School in Edgemere and someone broke the lens on a camera near Padonia Elementary School in Cockeysville, according to police.

County officials said they have contacted the vendor and expect to install a new camera. In the meantime, the speed camera that rotates between both sides of South Rolling Road by will still be in operation.

 

Nick Z. April 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
@Paul - I completely agree with you. I was mearly suggesting that buck should try and suggest his idea to the Board of Ed and see how it went over.
ilkunta May 17, 2012 at 08:04 AM
@ dale green 9:08 pm on Friday, April 20, 2012 Stop overexaggerating. haggerty's kids were crying bc it was they were asleep and woken up bc there were firefighters/police making noise and flashing lights. The kids didnt say they were crying bc of terrorism. This was vandalism not terrorism.
BigDan June 04, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Good! I hope they all get torched. I'm sick of garbage things like this all in the name of "safety". If it's about safety why don't you start cracking down on alcohol? Hmmm? How about this: Hold bars that overserve patrons accountable. Make them find out who the DD is or if the patrons are planning on walking/taking a taxi home. It's not about safety, it's about money. People are ok with TSA agents sticking a finger up their rear all in the name of "safety"...people are ok with illegal speed cameras (I HAVE THE RIGHT TO FACE MY ACCUSER. A CAMERA IS NOT A PERSON. JUDGES HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHEN THEY FORCE PEOPLE TO PAY THESE TICKETS BECAUSE THEY WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT) because they think it's about safety. Hey guess what? Cars are being equipped with GPS devices that track the car all the time...I'd like to see how many of you pro camera jerks are still going to be talking about "safety" everytime your car reports you going 1 mph above the speed limit. Big Brother needs to DIE.
Other Tim June 05, 2012 at 12:19 AM
What happened? Get caught?
Craig Rollins June 05, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Not going to agree or disagree with anyone here; just want to mention my experience with a red light camera.....someone stole the tags off my car; two days after I reported it to the police, someone had put them on their car and ran two red lights on Wilkens Avenue. It took a couple of weeks for me to get the tickets in the mail; but the car in the picture was obviously not mine. I called them, and they gave me my options - pay the tickets, or go to court and provide proof that it was not my car. I thought in the age of computers this could have been easily verified, but apparently not. Loosing a day of work was far more expensive than the fines, so my most economical way out was to pay the tickets. While there may be benefits to speed and red light cameras, situations do occur which a law abiding citizen is penalized unfairly. My point is that the camera system is far from fool-proof and in my situation, I was guilty unless I could prove myself innocent.

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