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Md. town rejects speed cameras

Residents of Sykesville in Carroll County, Md., voted Tuesday against an ordinance that would have made the town the county's first municipality with speed cameras.

Town Manager Matt Candland says the referendum vote automatically repeals the town's ordinance. Of the 529 ballots cast, 321 were against the referendum. During last year's election, 523 ballots were cast.

Sykesville's town council passed the speed camera ordinance in February. But resident Chris Martin collected enough signatures in March to bring the ordinance to referendum.

Mayor Mike Miller says he's glad the referendum had a sizable turnout but he would have liked a different result.

-- Associated Press

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By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 9:01 AM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Democracy in action. Good job citizens of Sykesville!

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Memo to elected officials:

We are aware that you are facing budget challenges. We get that. But we do not want you to solve your budgetary woes with speed cameras.


Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | May 5, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

In rare instances, speed cameras may contribute to safety. Otherwise, they are a revenue generator; nothing more.

Posted by: ceebee2 | May 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

If people actually drove the speed limit and didn't run red lights, the police wouldn't need cameras. They are not just money makers. I the law was never broken in those intersections, they wouldn't have any tickets to collect on. I my town (in VA we have them, yes in the begining it generated lots of money until people realized that if they fo9llowed the rules, no tickets. Now several high accident intersections are no longer a problem.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | May 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@schnauzer21 It's interesting that you think photo enforcement reduces accidents, because you are simply wrong.

According to the Virginia Transportation Research Council's report (FHWA/VTRC 07-R2), the red light cameras that were deployed in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Falls Church, and Vienna caused an INCREASE in accidents after cameras were installed. The reason for the increase was an increase in rear-end collisions.

But they sure raise a lot of money! Lots and lots of money. $$$$$$

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | May 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I hope the people of Sykesville become a little more educated on this issue and change it in the future. These cameras are a great way to free up officers time, make the roads safer and hold drivers responsible for their reckless driving. Nobody wants a ticket, so most people if given the opportunity will vote to reduce the chances of that, but at what cost. Drivers are becoming more aggressive and independent of the laws. Something needs to be done.

Posted by: beatduke10 | May 5, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Too bad really. Would have been great to see a little extra enforcement in some tough problem areas. Guess we'll just have to continue to be on our toes and be ultra cautious.

Posted by: whysocereal | May 5, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I feel safer as a driver knowing that red light cameras are up. I think they should be at every intersection.

Posted by: dq1153 | May 6, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I feel badly for Sykesville residents, as clearly they were not educated about the good that these cameras do for communities.

Posted by: lincolnprez | May 10, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

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