Here is a map of the speed camera locations found throughout Prince George's County.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
NBC4: Maryland drivers rack up more tickets than DC drivers.
Gas? Check. Oil? Check. GPS? Check. Speeding ticket? Check? Speed cameras seem to be multiplying in the metropolitan Washington area, and while they may be a deterrent to some drivers, others may view the charge for whizzing by one as just another cost of driving. NBC4 reported that, in 2012, Maryland had a much higher rate of repeat offenders ticketed by speed cameras than Washington, DC. “In the Maryland suburbs you’re about twice as likely to get multiple tickets,” David Marker, a senior statistician with the American Statistical Association, told NBC4. “By the time you get up to 5 or 10 tickets, you're 20 times more likely to get multiple tickets in the Maryland suburbs than in DC.” Prince George’s County had a repeat offender rate …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
State Delegate Jon Cardin seeks to root out bogus citations.
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…
Monday, December 10, 2012
County police hope to have 72 up and running by the end of 2014.
Prince George's County police are planning to install dozens of additional red light cameras in 2013, WTOP reports. Police will replace 25 existing cameras first before bringing the total up to 72 by the end of 2014, according to the station. Department analysts will look at traffic data to determine where to place the new equipment. Though many drivers have complained about speed cameras, Maj. Robert V. Liberati told WTOP that public reaction to red light cameras has been more positive. The county installed 72 new speed cameras in 2012, according to the station. Tickets from red-light cameras are $75, while those from speed cameras are $40. Read more from WTOP.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In Greenbelt East, West and Center, speed cameras are catching fast-driving motorists.
Five Greenbelt speed cameras are live, according to Greenbelt Police spokesperson Officer Kelly Lawson. They're running and on the lookout for motorists speeding on school zone roadways. Greenbelt's first official speed camera went active Tuesday morning on the 7700 block of Hanover Parkway near Eleanor Roosevelt High School—with its lens pointed toward eastbound traffic. Lawson announced Tuesday night that the other four were active. Motorists caught violating posted speed limits by 12 mph or more by any of the cameras will get warnings in the mail for a minimum of 30 days from Tuesday. After that they'll get $40 tickets, according to Lawson. The cameras are active from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Mondays through Fridays, including holidays, …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Greenbelt's first speed camera has begun capturing violations on Hanover Parkway.
Greenbelt's first speed camera is up and active on the 7700 block of Hanover Parkway near Eleanor Roosevelt High School—with its lens pointed toward eastbound traffic. The city began placing concrete slabs for speed cameras last week in five locations, according to Officer Kelly Lawson, spokesperson for the Greenbelt Police Department. By Tuesday, Hanover Parkway's east-pointed camera went live and the casing for a west-pointed camera also was in place. Casings for three other cameras are also up in Greenbelt, according to Lawson, (see locations below). For a minimum of 30 days after camera activation, drivers caught going 12 mph or more over posted speed limits will get warnings through the mail, Lawson said. After that, violators will …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thirty-one roadways, and in some cases portions of roadways, in Greenbelt are listed as being in school zones, where speed cameras may be placed.
Following a lively debate over the necessity and motivation for speed cameras, Greenbelt's City Council voted unanimously to establish five, half-mile school zones throughout the city and has plans to install speed cameras to automatically ticket motorists who are going too fast. The schools Council passed zones for Monday are: Turning Point Academy is in Lanham, but some Greenbelt streets are within a half-mile radius of the school. The roads, listed below, are designated as being within school zones. Designated School Zone Roadways
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"I don't want to have the impression out there that we're trying to produce speed traps," says Silke Pope, councilmember and public school paraprofessional.
Greenbelt's City Council has established five, half-mile school zones throughout the city and has plans to install speed cameras to automatically ticket motorists who are going too fast. The school zone vote was unanimous, but debate arose as Council members addressed rumblings in the community that speed traps were sneaking in under the guise of protecting school children. Not so, said Councilmember Silke Pope at Monday's meeting. A special education paraprofessional at Springhill Lake Elementary School, she said speed zones were about safety. She said the number of drivers speeding near school zones was incredible. Some streets within the proposed half-mile school zones were seeing more than 1,000 speed violations a day, according to …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Some 1,508 motorists were caught exceeding the speed limit near Greenbelt Elementary School—but their actions aren't unusual. Around the city, drivers are ignoring speed limits near schools.
As young students bound into schools for a fresh school year, the Greenbelt City Council stands poised to address a danger threatening them on the city's roadways. Motorists around Greenbelt are speeding near schools, with some streets seeing more than 1,000 violations in a day, according to Brekford, a city contractor that surveyed Greenbelt's streets. See its report below, which represents a 48-hour period in spring while schools were in session. Once the numbers came in, City Manager Mike McLaughlin and city staff earlier this month suggested five spots for the initial roll-out of speed cameras. "There are locations where there is a large number of motorists speeding," McLaughlin had noted in a July memo to the council, which met Aug…