Monday, May 20, 2013
Cpl. Chuck Schruhl will discuss speed cameras with the group at Wednesday nights meeting.
Speed cameras are on the agenda when a police-community group meets later this week. Cpl. Chuck Schruhl will discuss the controversial traffic devices with the Cockeysville Police Community Relations Council at 7 p.m. May 22 at Bank of America Headquarters, 11333 McCormick Road in Hunt Valley. The group will also hear from Cockeysville Precinct commander Capt. Dennis Delp who will report on crime trends in the area. Other topics at the Wednesday meeting include the election of officers for the group and planning for the group's annual Officer Appreciation Picnic to be held in July, according to the group's newsletter. Will you attend the PCRC meeting Wednesday night? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, December 10, 2012
State delegate says he wants a program that protects people and instills public confidence.
A state delegate from Baltimore County says public confidence in speed cameras has deteriorated to the point that a state audit and possible reboot are needed. Del. Jon Cardin said Monday he plans to sponsor a bill calling for an audit of state and local speed camera tickets with an eye on rooting out bogus citations. "Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board," Cardin said. The Baltimore County Democrat said he is in the process of drawing up a bill that would create an audit due to legislators by October 2013. Instances of bogus tickets issued to drivers would result in a $1,000 per incident penalty, though it is not clear if the jurisdiction or the speed camera vendor would be responsible for the fine, Cardin said. "I'm not trying…
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Perry Hall speed camera is one of at least five damaged in Baltimore County since 2010.
Police are investigating a vandalized speed camera 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 vandalized speed camera near Loch Raven High School, reported early Friday morning, Aris said. Community members largely supported the Seven Courts camera's installation in July. Speeding and reckless driving are widely regarded as serious problems along Seven Courts Drive. Ire over traffic conditions escalated after a 68-year-old woman was struck and killed while trying to …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Cameras at Southwest Academy, Loch Raven High, Stoneleigh Elementary, Patapsco High, and Owings Mills Elementary, will be activated August 8.
Baltimore County Police Monday said they will activate five new speed cameras on Wednesday. The cameras will be located at: County police first announced the locations on July 11. For the first 30 days, the cameras will issue warnings to drivers who exceed the posted speed limit by more than 12 mph. After that, violations carry a penalty of $40 with no points. This is the second batch of cameras to be added this summer following the County Council's vote to expand the program. Four other cameras were activate last month. The new devices bring the total of operation speed cameras in county school zones to 26. One additional camera is scheduled to be placed on Harford Road near St. Ursula School in Parkville pending approval from the State …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Speed cameras in four new locations are put into service after a technical glitch delayed planned start.
What a difference a day makes. Four new speed camera locations are now operational a day after police said a technical difficulty delayed the planned start, according to a statement from the Baltimore County Police Department. The following cameras are now in service: A fifth site located along Harford Road near St. Ursula School in Parkville will become operational after the county receives approval from the State Highway Administration. The devices issue $40 tickets to vehicles photographed exceeding the speed limit by more than 12 mph in a county school zone. The new cameras, once operational, will issue warnings for the first 30 days. Earlier this week, the police department also announced that it had selected five new locations for …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Police say technical problems will delay the use of four new cameras.
The spirit is willing but sometimes the technology is weak. Four new speed cameras that were scheduled to become operational today have been delayed because of technical difficulties, according to Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman. The camera locations include: ACS State and Local Solutions is working to resolve the unspecified problem, according to Armacost, who added that police will make an announcement when the issues have been resolved and the cameras are operational. The devices issue $40 tickets to vehicles photographed exceeding the speed limit by more than 12 mph in a county school zone. The new cameras, once operational, will issue warnings for the first 30 days.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Four other sites at Winands and Seven Oaks Elementary Schools and Loch Raven Academy and Bais Yaakov become operational on Thursday.
Baltimore County Police have selected five new school zone sites for speed cameras. The new cameras will be located at the following schools: When the new cameras are installed, there will be 27 operational in the county. The department also announced Wednesday that four other sites will become operational on July 12. A fifth camera slated for Harford Road near St. Ursula's School will become operational after receiving State Highway Administration approval, according to a department news release.
Friday, April 20, 2012
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 speed camera and cement pad 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 …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Decreasing citations show that the cameras are slowing drivers down. Fewer fines could mean the county may lose money on the program, opponents say.
Baltimore County’s speed cameras are issuing fewer citations, proving that drivers are slowing down in 15 targeted areas but also raising some concern that the program may end up losing money just as officials begin expanding it. The county issued 76,248 citations between September 2010 and last month, collecting approximately $2.3 million in fines from 75 percent of the tickets issued, according to figures provided by the county Office of Budget and Finance. Between September 2010 and December, the county’s 15 speed cameras issued 33,426 tickets. Between May and August, they issued 21,297 citations—a 36 percent decline. The county pays nearly $12,000 per camera per month to ACS State and Local Solutions, or more than $2.2 million of the …
Drivers speeding through school zones in Catonsville, Essex, and Middle River will receive warnings for the first 30 days.
Speed cameras will be activated in three new Baltimore County school zones on Monday. The new cameras are part of a change first reported by Patch two weeks ago. Another camera, the 16th for the county, will be installed in Perry Hall next year. The new cameras will be located in the following school zones in Catonsville, Essex and Middle River: The cameras will allow traffic in both directions to be monitored and photographed. The original cameras could only monitor traffic in one direction. The 16th camera is scheduled for installation on Ebeneezer Road in front of Perry Hall High School after Jan. 1. A dozen other cameras remain active at the following locations: This is the first time the county has changed locations of the 15 original…