Candidates Speak Up on Speed Cameras

At the city's first candidate forum, City Council candidates talked about speed cameras.

Candidates for Greenbelt City Council fielded questions on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Greenbriar Community Center in the first forum for the 2011 elections, sponsored by the Greenbelt East Advisory Coalition (GEAC). Along with sharing biographical information and their visions for the future, candidates also answered questions on issues including:

  • Crime
  • Budget cuts
  • Speed cameras
  • Closed meetings

In the order that the candidates answered

Speed Cameras


Konrad Herling: Supports speed cameras. He wants to examine the vendor supplying them, however, to see if the cameras are giving some inaccurate readings. Possible locations include: near and near .

Leta Mach: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: on Greenbelt Road. In addition, she wants to study school zones to see where people go above speed limits. She is also in favor of mobile speed cameras.

William Orleans: Opposes speed cameras. He said he would prefer to raise our taxes, have more police officers and station them where they need to be stationed.

Edward Putens: Supports speed cameras.

Rodney Roberts: Supports speed cameras.

Silke Pope: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: near schools and in places where people don’t expect them. She would be in favor of them in residential areas.

Emmett Jordan: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: Frankfort, Edmonston Road by the Middle School, on Cherrywood Lane across from the , and near the — to slow down traffic coming out of the Metro.

Judith “J” Davis: Supports speed cameras. Possible locations include: where they are allowed by state law, which means they have to be within ½ miles of a school, she said. She is also in favor of mobile speed cameras.

Coming up next: Stay tuned for where the candidates stand on budget cuts.

Also check out our ongoing information on candidates and the elections.

These are summaries of the questions and answers, candidates are invited and welcome to elaborate on their responses.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly provided information about the date on which the forum was held. We regret the error.

tcmitssr October 11, 2011 at 02:57 PM
It would be nice, however, if the candidates admitted that they support speed cameras because they raise revenue rather than their expressed desires about public safety. If they are to be set up around schools, let's see if they will have them set to work from 6 to 10 AM and 2 to 6 PM, in other words the hours that school is in. Will each candidate insist on placing a camera on the street they live? I'm sure their neighbors would be very pleased with that as well. I'm looking to see how many volunteer to do that "for the safety of their neighborhoods."
Stephen October 11, 2011 at 03:10 PM
It would be even nicer if they would LET their CITIZENS VOTE ON THE ISSUE! Something the SCAMERA side doesn't seem to want. Also don't forget to check out MD site stopbigbrothermd.org Fight the SCAM! Ban the CAMS! www.motorists.org www.banthecams.org www.camerafraud.com www.bhspi.org
James C. Walker October 13, 2011 at 08:50 PM
In almost every case, speed limits set at the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions, the method to maximize safety, will mean that the ticket cameras would record too few violations to pay for their costs. Candidates that support speed cameras are either uninformed about how to set speed limits that produce the greatest safety OR they just want the predatory speed camera revenue. See our website for the science and proofs behind using 85th percentile speed posted limits to maximize safety. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, www.motorists.org, Ann Arbor, MI (frequent visitor to see family in Silver Spring)


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