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Posted at 1:04 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

New speed cameras on BW Pkwy.

By Michael D. Bolden

Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration have deployed speed cameras on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295) south of I-695 in Anne Arundel County. Officials said the automated enforcement program began this week.

Signs are in place alerting drivers to the use of the cameras, along with equipment that displays drivers' speeds. The posted speed through the work zone is 55 mph, and under state law drivers exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph are fined. State officials said drivers will receive warnings through Dec. 29. The fine after that is $40 for each violation.

The parkway is being widened from I-195 to I-695. Construction also includes patching and overlay of the existing lanes and outside shoulder, resurfacing of the ramp from 295 southbound to I-195 eastbound and new landscaping, according to state officials. The $12 million project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2012.

Maryland passed a law last year allowing the use of speed cameras in work zones. Other locations targeted under the Maryland Safezones program are I-95 between routes 198 and 212 in Prince George's County (part of the Intercounty Connector work zone) and several Baltimore County locations, including I-695 at Charles Street, I-695 at Liberty Road and the I-95 Electric Toll Lane Project.

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 8, 2010; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  Driving, Highways, Maryland  
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Comments

Thanks for the informative article. I've been hit by the speed cameras a few times now, and they mean business. What's frustrating is that the "work zone" or "school zone" speed limit is typically (but not always) lower than the posted speed limit in the non-photo-enforced areas. So you may not even know you're speeding excessively until the photo flashes or you receive the notice in the mail. Also, don't think you're off the hook just because workers aren't working, or schools not in. I got hit twice on MLK Blvd. after 7:00 PM (miles away from the school) in July and August last summer. How this protects school children, I have no idea.

Posted by: KRichardRoberts | December 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@KRichardRoberts speed cameras don't protect school children. Speed cameras produce revenue for the State of Maryland and private contractors, which desperately need it!

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | December 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

www.photoblcker.com

Plus, a radar detector. Don't leave home without it.

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Slow down, you are on candid camera and it costs you.

Posted by: 15of18 | December 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Oooo, the guvmint is out to get you!

Y'all are a bunch of lawbreaking whiners. Please feel free to make donations to the general fund by speeding through the photo enforcement zone.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 8, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Oooo, the guvmint is out to get you!

Y'all are a bunch of lawbreaking whiners. Please feel free to make donations to the general fund by speeding through the photo enforcement zone.

Posted by: krickey7
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Oh, shut up! you sound like a drunk old woman.

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

As long as you do not exceed the posted speed limit, then the cameras are not a concern. The fines are cheaper, and no points on your license if caught by a State Trooper, or City Cop, so I personally dont have a problem with the cameras.

Smile & wave as you fly by!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | December 8, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the article. I agree with the commenter that these things are put out for revenue, not safety.

Suggestion: When the Post reports on new speed or red-light cameras, can you print which lawmakers supported them and who voted against them? Would be helpful when its time to vote.

Posted by: grandpa88 | December 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the article. I agree with the commenter that these things are put out for revenue, not safety.

Suggestion: When the Post reports on new speed or red-light cameras, can you print which lawmakers supported them and who voted against them? Would be helpful when its time to vote.

Posted by: grandpa88
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Amen!

And the snarky comments about "lawbreaking whiners" and "As long as you do not exceed the posted speed limit, then the cameras are not a concern" are from people who either don't drive or who set themselves up as speed-limit enforcers by driving too slowly in the left lane.

They've never gotten over their stints as grade-school hall monitors and they have some sick need to tell others what to do. They're pathetic.

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 8, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Providing a RFID within a vehicle tag will foil everyone trying to get over on the man.

Posted by: johng1 | December 9, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Slightly off topic here, but why oh why isn't the BW Parkway widened ALL THE WAY from Baltimore to DC? Why stop at I-195? The BW Parkway is the most frustrating road in the area -- only 2 lanes in each direction and bumper to bumper traffic half the day. Would 3 or, gasp, 4 lanes in each direction be too much? I know it's a "parkway" but the Garden State Parkway is 5 lanes in each direction between Newark and the New Jersey Turnpike.

Posted by: tsqnova | December 9, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

tsqnova: Because it's run by the National Park Service. The section that is three lanes near Baltimore isn't actually part of the NPS. The general idea is that it's supposed to be a scenic drive, not a commuter route. The GW Parkway is the same way.

I-95 has more lanes available and pretty much parallels the BW parkway. The Garden State Parkway (hardly an example of a road that's not frustrating!) is not part of the NPS and thus isn't subject to their rules.

Posted by: rjm1 | December 9, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

I thought the BW Parkway in Maryland is a Maryland state route (MD-295) not an interstate.

Posted by: matt_s | December 9, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Will these cameras stop the brothas who insist on doing 100+ mph on their crotch rockets?


Posted by: Hk45 | December 9, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

FYI - State legislator voting records on photo-enforced speed cameras have been tracked at www.stopbigbrothermd.org. I haven't researched to confirm the accuracy of the site, but someone has obviously spent a lot of time researching the topic. It has even developed a rating system of the extent to which a state legislator's voting record is "pro-speed-camera". It's the only one I've been able to find that provides comprehensive information on the subject, and I used it to help make my voting decisions in last month's state elections.

Posted by: KRichardRoberts | December 9, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

To inform your readers: Northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) approaching the exit for MD 175 (Jessup Road) in Jessup. At this point, jurisdiction over the parkway passes from the National Parks Service to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

So it is the portion of the "parkway" that is MDOT's responsibility that is being expanded and has the speed cameras - not the actual Baltimore-Washington Parkway, per say.

For more information on the Parkway, this came from:

http://www.dcroads.net/roads/bw-pkwy/

P>S> As I remember, any National Park Parkway cannot be built or expanded to more than 4 continuous lanes in both directions.... to continue a moderate speed limit and provide a scenic ride. Otherwise it's not a Parkway. Anyone know?

Posted by: FRGasper | December 9, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's pathetic to expect grown-ups to limit their lawbreaking to 11 mph OVER the speed limit in a work zone, where workers are injured and killed on a regular basis by lawbreakers.

No, I take that back. It's pathetic to whine about it if you get caught. Yeah, that's it.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@krickey7

"Yes, it's pathetic to expect grown-ups to limit their lawbreaking to 11 mph OVER the speed limit in a work zone, where workers are injured and killed on a regular basis by lawbreakers."

No, I take that back. It's pathetic to whine about it if you get caught. Yeah, that's it."
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Sorry to burst your bubble, Miss Prissy, but I've never received a speed camera ticket (I did once get a red light camera for beating a yellow. I deserved it). I come out prepared - radar detector and Photoblocker.

Your pathological holier-than-thou obsession with painting anyone who doesn't like speed cameras as a "whining lawbreaker" is frankly tiresome, childish, and stupid. If you think it's having a positive effect on anyone here, think again.

You aren't winning anyone over, hall monitor, and I'm willing to bet that attitude of yours got your clock cleaned pretty often back in the day. Perhaps hiding behind the anonymity of an alias and insulting people on a blog is your way of evening the score.

Like I said, PATHETIC.

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Great! I found out that a group has been lobbying for RFID tags in plates, and further that new cars will have them factory installed and integrated within the ECU functions in the near future. No beating big brother any more speeders. Ha ha

Posted by: johng1 | December 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@johng1

"Great! I found out that a group has been lobbying for RFID tags in plates, and further that new cars will have them factory installed and integrated within the ECU functions in the near future. No beating big brother any more speeders. Ha ha"

One thing we can count on in our Aerican capitalist society is that someone, somewhere will come up with a product that will defeat the RFID and ECU.

"Ha ha" indeed!

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 9, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@johng1

"Great! I found out that a group has been lobbying for RFID tags in plates, and further that new cars will have them factory installed and integrated within the ECU functions in the near future. No beating big brother any more speeders. Ha ha"

One thing we can count on in our Aerican capitalist society is that someone, somewhere will come up with a product that will defeat the RFID and ECU. How do think we got radar detectors?

"Ha ha" indeed!

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@johng1

"Great! I found out that a group has been lobbying for RFID tags in plates, and further that new cars will have them factory installed and integrated within the ECU functions in the near future. No beating big brother any more speeders. Ha ha"

One thing we can count on in our Aerican capitalist society is that someone, somewhere will come up with a product that will defeat the RFID and ECU. How do think we got radar detectors?

"Ha ha" indeed!

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@KRichardRoberts

"FYI - State legislator voting records on photo-enforced speed cameras have been tracked at www.stopbigbrothermd.org..."

Thanks for the link- great website!

Posted by: grandpa88 | December 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I got caught by the camera on 95 at 695 on the 7th. Glad to see that it's only a warning. if this is to protect DOT workers, well there were none at 2am that evening. Cash cow is what these cameras are. Higher speed forces drivers to be more alert and therefore safer. Enforcement of tailgaiters, trucks driving at 80 mph, left lane 'driving' and many other laws would make the roads safer.

Posted by: sole7718 | December 13, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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