Police: Speed Display Device to Help Calm Seven Courts

Baltimore County police stationed the device on Seven Courts Drive in response to community complaints.

It does essentially the same job as your vehicle's speedometer—except with flashing lights along the side of the road.

Baltimore County police stationed a speed display device along Seven Courts Drive, between Pinedale Drive and Proctor Lane, in Perry Hall on March 2. The device shows a driver's actual speed next to a sign showing the street's 30 mph speed limit. It is intended to help calm traffic, according to police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton.

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of the Parkville police precinct said its placement is in direct response to traffic concerns from local residents, shared in the comments of and during .

These concerns reached a boiling point following the that killed 68-year-old Beverly Moore on Jan. 22. The investigation into the hit-and-run is ongoing;  have been made, according to police. While speeding was not directly related to the incident, it raised awareness about reckless driving on the busy roadway. 

Until March 9, the speed display device will face northbound traffic. For another week afterward, it will face southbound traffic, Batton said. Police will then evaluate its placement and possibly move it out of the area.

The device does not record any information about traffic or speed—it simply displays how fast someone is traveling, she said.

Barbara Sleeman, who lives along Seven Courts Drive, within view of the device, said speeding and reckless driving are ongoing issues in her neighborhood.

"The problem is that people use this to bypass Belair Road. ... It says 30 along here, but you even see school buses speeding by. People go 50," Sleeman said.

The device does appear to slow traffic and helps protect vehicles parked along sidewalks, she added, but stationing a police officer along Seven Courts Drive, at least one day a week, would be more effective.

"I've called them several times and suggested they come out here. I say, 'Come and make some money,'" Sleeman said.

Which streets and neighborhoods in Perry Hall have the most serious speeding problems? Tell us in the comments.

Jon March 06, 2012 at 02:14 PM
This stretch of Seven Courts needs something additional by the senior center - clear markings for lanes! Coming south on Seven Courts, right where this speed display is, turns into a free for all. Is it one lane? Is it two? Who knows! Please, please have someone either mark a dashed white line or put up a sign saying single lane traffic only.
Nicole K. March 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Please Baltimore County address Ebenezer Road as well!
Jane's Dad March 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Very grateful to the Parkville police precinct for taking action. Some people forget that Seven Courts is not I-95.
Tim March 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I'm glad they did this. They ought to mount a camera on it, for extra effectiveness.
John Dingedahl March 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
If you think this device is going to curtail speeding on Seven Courts, you are in a dream world. If this is the best the county police can do, then we are in trouble. I was just on Seven Courts and passed the sign, the person in front of me was doing 45 according to the sign, It did not force the driver to slow down. We need something better, maybe radar and giving out actual tickets.
Tracey March 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM
If someone is going 45 the sign should post their speed, and a message that says "yes you are a douche bag".
Barb March 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Seven Courts is indeed a problem, but I would add Honeygo Blvd. by Joppa View Elementary. There is a sign with no flashers which lowers the speed limit to 30 for the morning and afternoon when children and buses are moving in and out, but very few slow down.
Jeanne March 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
This device is doing NOTHING to slow people down. Yesturday a person was driving crazy and cut off a car, nearly causing a three car accident, to get past this thing. If they are going to have this sitting there then they should set it up so the people doing over 30 get a picture of their tag and a ticket in the mail. After 12 years of begging something be done and two people getting killed and too any accidents to count this is how they help??????? When are they really going to help the people that live along and drive on Seven Courts. When the first person died the police stopped the problem that was the actual cause, when are they going to do something for the woman that died this year to honor her memory and make it safe for her neighbors??
Red Dolphin March 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
couldnt agree with you more Tim ! you seem to be a "voice of reason " most of the time. you wanna have coffee ?
DougW March 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Tonight, the car in front of me was pulling away from me, and the sign gave him a 38. As soon as he was past it, he took off like a bat of out... he was all the way up to Proctor before I got to Pinedale. I would laugh if a radar trap was up on top of the hill between Pinedale and Proctor to get people after they pass the warning sign.
Tracey March 08, 2012 at 05:21 PM
a patrol car was spotted in the traffic circle twice in the past week.
Susann McKenna March 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
How about some police action or speed bump or traffic camera on Fieldchat Rd before Perry Hall HS starts in the morning and when school lets out in the afternoon. Looks like a speedway!! Guess they can't wait to get to school and get home!!!
SG from PH March 12, 2012 at 02:05 AM
This is a serious issue of safety in the Seven Courts Drive as there is a busy senior center there - not always the best drivers, a school with many buses and a play ground and ball fields which draw children from all over the area and housing developments of more than 500 homes and a shopping center with a supermarket. The electronic sign does nothing except to amuse the fast driver and make the safe drivers paranoid about the fast drivers who often pass the speed conscious on the right based upon non existent lanes. Now that our highway department and Council people know there is a problem now it is incumbent upon them to take action or be sued over a clear and present danger suit which may cost lives and the county (yours and my tax dollars) millions of dollars. Action now will save lives and money - how much do you care over there in Towson?


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