Greenbelt Speed Cameras Issue 177 Initial Warnings

Camera data is sketchy because of some bugs, says city official.


Greenbelt's new speed cameras have caused 177 warning to be issued since they were deployed, Greenbelt Director of Community Development Celia Craze reported to City Council. But it is very early data and there have been some bugs, she added. 

Since their Sept. 28 deployment, the cameras have had aiming issues, the wrong speed was initially input into the Cherrywood Lane devices, and they have not always been operating, Craze told Council Tuesday. She advised not looking to the report, which covers the period from deployment until Oct. 5, as a good example of what the experience will be.

The warning period is up on Oct. 22, Craze said. She suggested the Council look for a first report a month later, one that will reflect all the cameras being operational and working during the prescribed hours, with any bugs hopefully worked out.

Citizens caught speeding on camera after the warning period is up will be subject to $40 tickets. Cameras are set to catch and automatically ticket drivers going 12 mph or more over speed limits on designated school zone roadways.

"They're already doing their job on Hanover Parkway and Mandan Road," Mayor Judith "J" Davis said, adding she has never seen people going down those roads more quietly.

"Well, the word is out. I'll tell you right now," said Councilmember Edward Putens.

Councilmember Silke Pope, who works at Springhill Lake Elementary School, agreed, saying that traffic is very calm on Edmonston Road in the mornings when she goes in.

Nine Greenbelt Police Department employees have successfully trained as camera operators and eight police officers have been approved to confirm violations, according to Craze. 

Brandt Hardin October 11, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Traffic cameras are just another form of Policing for Profit as Capitalism distorts our Justice System. These companies are bottom-feeders and take a 40% cut of the tickets while creating MORE dangerous intersections by fixing the lengths of yellow lights to entrap drivers. You can read about how private companies and crooked politicians have turned our Police forces on their ear in every attempt to squeeze money out of the general public at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-privatized-police-state.html
Hanover Resident October 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The one on Hanover shouldn't be so close to the speedbump...people naturally have to slow down. Could have been better placed.
Judith Davis October 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I tend to agree with you and will mention that to our City Manager.
Photoradarscam October 12, 2012 at 04:48 AM
The cameras malfunction constantly as reported here. The manufcaturers won't even make any claims as to the accuracy. This isn't about safety, it's a lottery when you go buy as to whether or not you'll get a ticket regardless of how compliant you are.
Meta Sienkiewicz October 12, 2012 at 05:16 AM
As I recall, before the cameras were in place other drivers would slow a bit for the speed bump and speed up again right away. I think we really need the speed control where the kids are most likely to walk out in the road - maybe between the crosswalk and the driveway entrance to the school. (Some don't want to walk all the way up to the crosswalk...) So I don't really have that much of an issue with the placement. I think drivers speeds have been more reasonable all along Hanover Pkwy by the school although I noted some cars speeding up on the downslope between the ERHS driveway and the Mandan Rd interchange the other day. I hope people don't start falling into their old habits on Hanover Pkwy and Mandan, after the newness wears off.


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