Speed Camera Coming to Perry Hall May 1

Baltimore County announced Monday the speed camera's upcoming installation.

A near is scheduled to be up and operating by May 1, Baltimore County government announced Monday afternoon.

Officials also announced that a speed camera is planned near Johnnycake Elementary School in Catonsville—together, the Perry Hall and Catonsville speed cameras will bring the county's total to 17.

Are speed cameras a useful way to calm traffic, or an example of government overstretching its bounds? Tell us in the comments.

Patch on plans for a speed camera along Ebenezer Road near Perry Hall High School in September 2011, when a sign was accidentally installed, warning drivers that the 30 mph speed limit was "Photo Enforced."

At the time, the potential for a speed camera as a traffic calming measure.

The sign was after an order for a speed camera was redirected from Perry Hall High School to , according to Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

Johnson said, however, that a speed camera was intended for Perry Hall in 2012.

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 in February, the county was allowed to in school zones.

Thirty days after a speed cameras is activated, drivers in the designated school zone, exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph, will receive a warning. After 30 days, the cameras will begin issuing $40 citations, according to the county release.

Based on state law, speed cameras will operate year-round, only between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, the release showed.

Shortly after the announcement on Monday, in an email to constituents, emphasized that he increasing the number of speed cameras in Baltimore County.

"I did not vote for the speed camera program, but I believe my constituents should be aware of the presence of these devices in their community," Marks stated.

Find a full list of speed cameras in Baltimore County here.

Paul Amirault April 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Other Tim, I have also seen speed cameras on the Beltway at 6:30 Sunday morning, without a single worker present, except for the guy in the white Jeep taking pictures, making money for himself, his employer and the State. Great system.
Kris April 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Why dont we post cameras in city hall to record every time these elected crooks hatch another rip-off scheme for the corporation that is government?
JTF April 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Tim, Are you a liberal? Seems you have the mentality that Government is the solution, I on the other hand know Government is the PROBLEM. I have a clean driving record. Do not tail gate, however I have been hit in the rear while at a dead stop at a red light. I oppose cameras because there are much better ways to reach the goal of safer roads.
JTF April 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Paul, I have seen the guy in the white truck on a Sunday Morning at 6:00. I took his picture which pissed him off.
Paul Amirault April 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM
JTF, I am at least as liberal as Tim on many issues, this is not a liberal/conservative issue in my mind, thus non-partisan. I would think the ACLU is anti-camera, but have not seen it written.
JTF April 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Paul, You may be correct on that line of thought, or proof of the idiom that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. My position is cameras are a poor method of law enforcement. A photo can be used as evidence in court, however a human testifying that the event took place is what the constitution provides a defendant. I seldom agree with The A(merican) C(riminal) L(iberty) U(nion) .
Paul Amirault April 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
American Civil Liberties Union, just to correct you. They protect us, even when we don't like it.
JTF April 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Paul, The ACLU only protects the rights of the ones they choose to protect. The do not protect the rights of all the people.
JTF April 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Paul, I do know what ACLU is, I am sure you also understand the name the way I posted it.
Paul Amirault April 17, 2012 at 08:07 PM
We disagree, they will defend (not support, there is a huge difference), the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to behave obscenely. That is the price we pay that comes with the Bill of Rights.
Hank April 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I'm 43 years old and have never received a speeding ticket or ran a red light and I am still strongly opposed to the use of cameras. If you want to do something about safety ban those crotch rocket motorcycles from the roads. It seems everyone on one of those is speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on I-95.
JTF April 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Paul, Westboro Baptist Church, has the right to prove what idiots they are. I also support the right of groups who protect the families of the fallen from the activities of the Westboro Baptist Church. I remember reading sometime ago, Westboro were protesting in a small town when all four tires were slashed on their van. None of the service stations in the town would provide them service. While I do not support the crime of tire slashing, the Businesses had a right to refuse them service. While Westboro has a right to shout out their hate and their vile thoughts I have a right not to hear the low life children of unmarried parents.
Paul Amirault April 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Sometimes it sucks to be Americans.
JTF April 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Paul, You have a valid point there. I say it this way: "America and Maryland are great places to be despite the efforts of the people we elect."
Paul Amirault April 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Eric Martin April 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM
For once, Paul, you and I agree. The cameras are a money scam and the police can't stop crime; they can only move it somewhere else, the same as crime prevention techniques. Criminals intent on committing a crime will just go where the police are not. If your house is well lit and bolted down tight, the criminal will just go down the street to your neighbor's house.
Bill Howard April 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM
JTF - Your points about the red lights are well taken. Yellow lights are much shorter than they used to be. I has been found that shorter yellow lights enhance revenue. As we all know, the government can spend that revenue better than all us dumb ignorant citizens. We must trust government to ruin our lives because private citizens are inferior to government officials. (right?) Why are they putting them in front of schools? So you can get more indiferent to it when they start putting them everywhere (the old Its for the children line) This is a threat to freedom. Will you support or oppose Electronic Facism?
Kenny Pahr April 18, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Speed cameras need to go!
Tim April 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I'm all for #1 and #2. Again, if people weren't a******es and violating both traffic and public safety laws - we wouldn't need any of it. 3, I don't agree with. However, I'd be all for people who blatantly run the stop sign to get ticketed. Rolling stop? Nah. That's ridiculous. It just blows my mind that people are so against these. Actually, it shouldn't be. It just reinforces how terrible and inconsiderate this county's drivers really are.
Tim April 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Taking it 'Your step further' the technology's already there. Some insurance companies are actually offering it on a voluntary basis. If you agree to it, you get your rates dramactically lowered. I don't actually agree so far as to allow 24/7 monitoring of your driving habits, but I'm totally in favor of situational implementation.
John Doby April 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I'm going to protest the cameras by not speeding! They will NOT take my money! Oh... wait... the cameras worked...
Tim April 18, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Maybe people can protest by not driving on those roads, too. :) I know lots of people who would enjoy this.
John Doe April 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Put the Town Fair back on this road - that would prevent speeding there for one day. I need only 364 more ideas.
Evets April 18, 2012 at 09:45 PM
How about they put the new dog park on this road?
Evets April 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Wait, you want to ban the motorcycle or the driver? The motorcycle, like all vehicles, are inanimate and do not speed or tailgate or hit woman crossing the road...
Karen B April 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
What another way of taking our hard earned money. This community is getting ridiculous. I've lived here for over 20 yrs and have always loved it here, now they are just getting greedy and crazy. I'm so sick of this BS. Between the builders, politicians, well they can all Suck AN EGG!!!! Very old saying, but it works for me. I'm furious
Tim April 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
JTF: I don't think liberals would consider me liberal. I'm anti-illegals for one thing. I'm also not a big fan of federal government expanding - although I am a fan of local governments expanding. See, unlike many people in this country, I don't let parties define how I think. I'm plenty capable of doing it for myself. Both have their good points, and both have their terrible points. There is no legitimate reason to oppose speed cameras, except for cost/benefit. You want them to stop being utilized? Show the county you (collectively) don't suck at driving and make the county hemorrhage money using them, and force them to be removed. I see all the rage about them, and it literally cracks me up. Mostly terrible drivers, complaining about having to pay for law violations. I don't understand how some of you don't see the hilarity of it all. All these people who think government is the problem would sure change their tune the day they actually needed government to help them out personally. Hypocrisy is popular among people.
Tim April 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Oh, for the record, I WAS a registered Republican until a couple months ago. Now, I'm not registered with either party.
Other Tim April 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM
That's a good idea. If all the people who insist that speed camers are nothing but revenue generators are right, then if no one speeds, the government doesn't make any money, and the speed cameras will get moved.
Marje Lentz July 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Don't speed and you have nothing to worry or whine about.


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