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New speed cameras in Silver Spring

Montgomery County officials say two new speed cameras have been installed near White Oak Middle School to help combat "persistent speeding on New Hampshire Avenue near the school."

Police "have been unable to change driver behavior using traditional traffic enforcement methods," they said in a statement.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett plans to hold a press conference to announce the installation of the cameras and promote pedestrian safety on Thursday, along with county council members, police officials, schools officials and a representative from AAA Mid-Atlantic. Officials said the effort was part of a back-to-school safety campaign. Montgomery County public school students have their first day of classes on Monday.

The school is located at 12201 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County speed camera locations

By Michael Bolden  | August 24, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  Driving, Maryland  
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That map of speed camera locations is incomplete. There are more in Silver Spring than are listed on that map.

Lying liars and the lies the produce.

Speed camera's in front of schools. Ok.
Not listing the "traditional methods" police attempted - and the length of such attempts, WAPO repeating .. I mean reporting of the police issues.

Posted by: Greent | August 24, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

How about a fence around the schools? Noone complains about speeding by zoos.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I saw then putting the cameras up when I rode pass on my bike and all I can say it they're 20 years late with these cameras. They will get a few people because people will slow down and then speed up once they got pass the school. Anyone who gets caught speeding on camera should have their driving license suspened for a year.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 24, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Will someone please ask Mr Leggett if he plans to increase the amount of time pedestrians are given to cross major intersections? In some cases it's a matter of a few seconds, all while cars are allowed to turn right.

The police also should be ticketing pedestrians who brazenly challenge vehicles; and drivers who talk on cel phones or do their nails while they drive.

Police, also, should be told to get off their cels when they're driving.

Just a few thoughts. Speed cameras won't solve much.

Posted by: steve20912 | August 24, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

So did they lower the speed limit the way Mount Rainier, Brentwood, and Cheverly have at their new speed camera sites? Just wondering.

Posted by: afpre42 | August 24, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Seriously people can't even learn to slow down near kids? Cameras will be a welcome presence to get people to tone it down. Really, you're not in that big of a rush and you know it.

Posted by: whysocereal | August 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like a very reasonable approach to trying to curtail speeding around schools. We, unfortunately, live in a day and age where distracted and aggressive driving is rampant and the prudent use of speed cameras is a valuable pro-safety tool.

Posted by: RobertM468 | August 25, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I think it is completely fine to implement cameras when other methods aren't working. Chances are- once someone gets a ticket in the mail- they won't speed anymore!

Posted by: mrose1 | August 26, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Doctor G, would it please you know that getting stories into your column was one of the services ACS State and Local Solutions promised to provide in their speed camera contract with the county?
Excerpts from Montgomery County's Speed Camera Contract:
"This program, as currently envisioned by our team, would include:

* Writing and placing one or more articles in the local, daily newspaper of the County's choice.
* Identifying and contacting key local print journalists and editors in order to brief them on the project and solicit their interest and support. ACS experience shows that outreach to traffic reporters and commuter journalists such as Dr. Gridlock of the Washington Post increases support and understanding of the program."
"We have been successful in providing the necessary information to high profile newspapers such as the Washington Post where positive stories about the enforcement programs have been published."

Source (with original document):

You should be honored that the camera contractors hold you in such high esteem. I wonder if ACS, who gets a cut of every ticket the county issues, will have a representative at this unveiling?

Posted by: afpre42 | August 26, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

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