Seven Courts Speed Camera Spray-Painted, Vandalized

The Perry Hall speed camera is one of at least five damaged in Baltimore County since 2010.

Police are investigating a vandalized on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall. 

Early Saturday morning, residents reported that black spray paint was covering the camera's lenses and a graffiti tag appeared on one side, according to Sgt. Bruce Aris, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

At this time, investigators do not believe the incident is connected to a near Loch Raven High School, reported early Friday morning, Aris said.

Community members the Seven Courts camera's . Speeding and reckless driving are widely regarded as along Seven Courts Drive. Ire over traffic conditions escalated after a while trying to cross the road in January.

Vandals have struck at least five Baltimore County speed cameras, which are only allowed within school zones.

The camera near Loch Raven High School on Cromwell Bridge Road has been in August and September. In April, a speed camera on Rolling Road in Catonsville , and in June, that same camera was .

During the first year of the camera program, between 2010 and 2011, a near Sparrows Point High School was spray-painted, and a near Padonia Elementary School had the protective cover over its lens cracked.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost has that the county's camera vendor, ACS, is responsible for repairing damage to the cameras.

Hank September 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM
A little story for the "Tim's". A neighbor of mine is a single mother and struggles quite a bit to make ends meet. She told me how her daughter is a bear to get up in the morning to get to daycare. Not long ago she was a bit flustered after dropping her daughter off at daycare while on her way from there to work. She hit a speed camera at Mace Avenue at 8am doing 43 mph. She has no prior traffic tickets. $40 out of her pocket she could really have used for gas, food, daycare whatever and into the greedy governments' hands. She was not driving unsafely (I believe her) and no officer would have pulled her over. It is GREED and stealing from citizens. It's criminal.
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM
They were questions intended to insult. For someone so intelligent, you sure do talk like you lack it. You open up a discussion by asking insulting questions, then get upset when they go ignored as they should go ignored. Second, I have a job, I haven't been ticketed in eight years, I have a life and I have no criminal record, not now or ever. I don't get caught speeding, ever!.. and neither do the majority of everyone else who does it. You are the one that's angry and bitter, not me. You're the one insulting people while claiming to be so smart. You sure don't act like it. Haha yeah, don't use the internet for any information because it puts cracks in your little fantasy world with, oh my god, evidence! Scientific studies! You really don't seem too bright to me and aren't interested in any actual proof or evidence and therefore, don't care about the truth and use insults to base discussions on. Not very smart. More like angry and bitter. Projection much?
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Of course it is, but people are so brainwashed and just... gone. Common sense is gone. The more I participate on this site, the more I see just how much society has degraded. I mean, people get offended with common sense! I don't even think people know what it is anymore. What the hell happened to people? We're moving backwards instead of forwards and no one seems to really notice or care very much if they do. It's kind of depressing, really. You're one of the few others on here Hank that really know what's going on and each one of you is a little ray of hope while others just seem so completely disconnected from reality that it's hard to believe they can even exist on a daily basis. It really is depressing to see how far society has fallen and how far gone so many people are.
Cassandra Alt September 10, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Mike do you have kids?
Hank September 10, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I do Cssandra and what about my neighbor who has kids and couldn't afford to have $40 stolen from her?
Hank September 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
And she isn't a wreckless driver.
Hank September 10, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Blatant speeding is dangerous and a crime and should be stopped. Slipping to 43 in a 30 zone at 8am with no pedestrians nearby isn't something a patrol officer would concern himself with.
Hank September 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Unless he had a monthly quota. ;-)
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I'm not taking your bait since you have proven you are only out for blood and insulting. I will say this about children. What do we know, for a fact, works to make school zones safer? Crossing guards, check. Crosswalks, check. Traffic lights, check. Speed cameras? They do nothing to make anyone or anything safer. They don't even make the trees on the side of the road safer much less people. The county could have hired some crossing guards and painted a crosswalk on the ground for Seven Oaks. People have no problem stopping their car when they walk out into the crosswalk with their stop sign raised, it works for many other schools. That's what you do if you're concerned about safety. You put up speed cameras when you just want money and claim it's for "safety". I cross Seven Courts every day, sometimes during rush hour. I see kids cross the street all the time with no problems. If your children don't know how to cross the street, that's a personal problem. My neighbors have kids, there are kids all over this neighborhood. They don't run out into the street, they're not in danger of being hit by cars. Never in my 25 years of living here have I even seen such things happen. So, what are you so worried about? Teach your kids how to cross the street like everyone else does and things will go on as they have since this road was built. Only two people have been hit on SCD since it was built and neither were speed related. You make purely emotional comments, nothing more.
JD1 September 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I heard that OMalley has suggested a 9% tax on spray paint in order to fund a new vandalism awareness program...
Hank September 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I have had zero tickets my entire life. I have a Masters degree as well and find Mike to be stating his case quite intelligently without bragging about his degrees or insulting anyone.
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 01:26 AM
You know what I consider dangerous driving or reckless driving? Basically, things that people should get in trouble for? Weaving through traffic without using turn signals, cutting people off, tailgating, running red lights, running stop signs and talking on cell phones. I swear, every time I am out, I see at least two or three people talking on their phones while driving. It's like driving drunk. Go after those people. If it was up to most of you, we'll have 30mph speed limits everywhere 50 years from now because some people just refuse to adjust to the times and use common sense to solve problems with real solutions that work. Speed cameras don't work and that is a proven fact. Believing otherwise is just fooling yourselves.
Hank September 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I was pulled over once for a tail light being out on US-50 returning home from Ocean City in 1994. My driving record is spotless, yet I couldn't be more passionately against the use of cameras in this instance. 1984 was a scary novel in high school and it was pretty accurate - just 28 years off.
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 02:02 AM
... and another thing: merging without looking. I am literally dumbfounded and amazed at how many people don't even know how to merge properly. A great example of this is Ebeneezer road right after you cross Joppa. At first, it's two lanes, but the right lane is only for either turning into the gas station there or turning into the first entrance to the shopping center. After that first entrance, the lane ends. I can't tell you how many people just ride that right lane all the way up with no intention of turning into either place and just let the curb force them over into traffic, often cutting people off. No turn signal, no warning, nothing. You'd think they'd never driven down this road before or merged before and these are adults! Pull those people over too. There are a lot of really bad, stupid drivers on the road and it's not the guys going 45mph down Joppa road. It's the people who drive without any regard for other drivers and drive as though they are the only people on the road or they own the road. Tailgating people until they move out of the way, zipping through traffic like maniacs without turn signals, pulling out into traffic without properly looking both ways before pulling out and cutting people off or causing people to slam on their brakes and swerve out of the way. There are so many things drivers do on the road that are more dangerous than speeding ever would or could be. I always respect other drivers on the road. Time and place for everything.
Cassandra Alt September 10, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Hey Mike, look at that...common ground! I agree with ALL of that! Hank, I think police do have quotas that they must meet. They deny deny deny but I agree with you they actually do. Mike back to what you were saying about police should be pulling people over for (fill in from here) I couldn't agree with you more. As far as speed limits being 30, naw that would be silly. People need to just stop driving while stupid. . .
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Wow, common ground. Excellent. lol It must be getting chilly in hell! No, I just kid you. :) As far as my argument for raising speed limits, though, is that we already have a model for determining speed limits to make roads as safe as they possibly could be, the 85th percentile. The problem is it's not used because it would mean raised speed limits and that sends people into a frenzy thinking "oh no, now people will drive even FASTER than before!" I don't agree with that, I certainly wouldn't do that. I drive at a speed that I am comfortable and safe driving at regardless of the speed limit. That determination always factors in other drivers, traffic congestion and other variables you encounter on the road. If, for example, the speed limit on SCD was raised to 35 or 40mph, I would still go around 40-45. I would not go into a frenzy and start going 50-60 because I don't feel safe doing that on SCD. It's just my opinion of course, but I think a lot of people are the same way. They won't drive faster than they are comfortable driving regardless what the speed limit is. The point in raising speed limits is to bring those limits up to the travel speed of most drivers and to create a more uniform flow of traffic. This would mean less accidents and less traffic jams on the highway because everyone is moving at roughly the same speed. It makes it easier for cops to weed out the really bad drivers as well and requires less manpower from them which could be used fighting real crime.
Cassandra Alt September 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Couldn't agree with you more there Mike. ..
Kenny L. September 10, 2012 at 03:36 AM
This is precisely why I got out of MD and moved across the line. The sheeple of MD have become so accustomed to being milked like cows, that they actually support it. However, if you must drive in MD, get yourself a couple of white LED lamps and a toggle switch. Mount the lamps around your rear plate and toggle them on when driving past a speed cam (stationary or mobile). Since the camera's exposure is set for it's own flash, the picture ends up very overexposed. Works like a charm and is perfectly legal.
Steve September 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Ha Ha Ha. You moved out of Maryland because of speed cameras?? That's one of the funniest things I have heard in a long time.
Grace B. September 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Personally, I love that speed camera on Seven Courts. I drive the speed limit and watch all of the speeding idiots go around me. Then, in a few seconds....FLASH!!! It's become a new sport for me.
M. Sullivan September 10, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Don't get much excitement at your age, do you?
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Use a little common sense, that's why the lane ends immediately after the entrance to the shopping center. Drivers shouldn't be in a position to be cut off, but it happens constantly anyway. Cars drive real slow in the right lane and just force themselves over into traffic with the curbing. No turn signal, nothing. I don't know where you learned how to merge properly, but that's not it. These people don't even look over to see if anyone is there, if they should speed up, slow down. That lane is there because of the gas station and the entrance which gives people plenty of time to merge over BEFORE the curbing forces them over. If people stay in the right lane, and again I've lived in this area almost my whole life, it is generally understood that the car is turning into one of the two places which in most cases, happens. In others, cars just merge over at the last second confusing drivers behind them because they don't use turn signals to let anyone know what the hell they are doing. Are you going straight? Are you turning right? Why are you slowing down if you're not turning? People have gotten better with this lately in that area, though. I haven't personally seen that stuff happening there as much. Plus there's a turn lane on the other side of the street right across from the "forced merging" area. I've seen many close calls from head on collisions because people merge and cut other cars off forcing them towards the other side of the road. It's inconsiderate.
Evets September 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Practice common courtesy. Drive defensively and don't assume other drivers are going to do what you expect. That is what good drivers do, and I am certain you are a good driver. Thanks.
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM
After being cut off once and nearly a second time, yes, I now allow what I call a "moron barrier" between me and the car in front of me in the right lane. I usually cross Joppa in the right lane, then change over to the left lane once I get over there or wait to merge over if I have to. Live and learn, but it's just common courtesy that if you are in the right lane there and you plan on merging over, just simply put your left turn signal on so people behind you know what you're doing and can let you merge over in front instead of wondering what you're doing. It's just courtesy, as you said. That's all I ask of people.
Other Tim September 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Sorry, Hank, but she was exceeding the speed limit by 43%. She should be happy a cop didn't see her. The fine, court costs and points would have cost her a lot more. I think she should consider herself lucky. If everyone who was "flustered" in the morning drove any way they wished, people would die.
Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The real problems with lack of courtesy surface when like five or six cars are going through that light on Belair (I said Joppa before, meant crossing Belair Road) and all going down Ebeneezer, it's even more important to use turn signals. The more information you give other drivers as to what you're doing, the better off things are especially in tight quarters like what sometimes happens in this area. I'm surprised there aren't any accidents there, but like I said, people seem to merge over a lot sooner now and if they don't, they put their right signal on and turn into the shopping center which are all good things.
Other Tim September 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Really find it hard to believe that at 8am on a weeekday (and a school day) that there were no pedestrians in the area. Maybe she was going too fast to see them.
Evets September 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Can't argue with any of that. Using turn signals is indeed a courtesy. I even signal turns when on my bike. It is just the right thing to do.
Dirt McGirt September 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Only it's not perfectly legal to project white light from the rear of a vehicle... Fail.
David Rader II September 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I've not tested the red light cameras before, but from what I've read the yellow light times are often shortened as a way of catching more revenue. There's a website dedicated to stopping this: http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/ ... I don't know much about the speed cameras, but I think they're good in construction zones considering the number of construction workers killed. The pain in the butt and slap in the face is where you see a construction zone for a year or more and little construction happening, but speed cameras regularly there. More camera action than road action it seems ... Coincidence? It's also pretty annoying when 9 out of 10 times the there's some guy getting paid in the mobile speed camera vehicles with his hat way over his eyes sleeping, texting or playing on a computer. Our tax dollars hard at work. I'm not saying I agree with what these vandals have done, but I'm just pointing out some really obvious reasons why they may. Like I said, I don't know of "intentional tricks" done to cheat people out of money for speed cameras, but apparently some people believe it to be happening in red light cameras.


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