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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.

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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