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Speed Cameras Become Law

A proposal to use speed cameras on residential roads in Montgomery County won final approval this morning when the Senate overrode the governor's veto of the measure.

"If you slow people down, you'll have fewer accidents and less serious injuries," Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) said moments before the Senate voted 31 to 16 to override the governor's veto.

Yesterday, House leaders pushed the measure through over objections from the governor, who called it an inappropriate intrusion into peoples' lives.

Under the new law, cameras would be posted in school zones and on smaller neighborhood streets to snap photos of drivers going 10 miles an hour over the posted limit. Drivers would be provided two photos offering proof of the violation and would be fined $40.

The money collected from the fines will be dedicated to pedestrian safety efforts in Montgomery County.

Matt Mosk

By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 24, 2006; 3:24 PM ET
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Will the corporation that provides the system get a cut as in some other jurisdictions?

Bet some of the Post staffers really hate working for a outfit so afraid of criticism that it shuts down a blog when the organization makes a mistake. Then they claim its because people are being uncivil, but can't back that claim up. Oh yeah, the original lie is proved to be a lie as well.

Posted by: elliottg | January 24, 2006 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Great idea. Drivers use the Maryland side of Massachusetts Avenue like a speedway in spite lots of pedestrians walking to schools and the Park. Kudos to Del. Bronrott for advocating this and to MD. Moment for reporting it - I didn't know this was happening.

Posted by: Mass. neighbor | January 24, 2006 4:17 PM | Report abuse

In answer to the first comment, this bill states that if a contractor operates the system, their fee cannot be based on the number of tickets issued.

The important thing to remember is that excessive speed is a factor in about 30% of all traffic fatalities. This system offers the potential to significantly reduce those fatalities.

Posted by: Alan | January 24, 2006 11:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Billy | January 25, 2006 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Now that Big-Brother spy cameras are acceptable in Maryland, what else will they be used for? We will see them used to identify loiterers or nose-pickers for police observation? Perhaps the best use of such cameras might be for Internet cameras in places frequented by General Assembly members so that we can who is buying them.

Posted by: D.C. Russell | January 27, 2006 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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