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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 08/30/2010

Still no speed cameras in Howard Co.

By Washington Post editors

More than a year after the state law allowing speed cameras took effect, Howard County remains one of the largest jurisdictions in Maryland without a single one, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Although county officials supported passage of the state enabling law, no local legislation authorizing the cameras has been written as county police slowly research speeding near every county school.

Read more about speed cameras in Howard County in The Baltimore Sun.

By Washington Post editors  | August 30, 2010; 10:38 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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Resist the temptation, HoCo!

Posted by: thebossman | August 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

They are waiting until after the elections. Unlike most of the jurisdictions in Maryland which have approved large scale camera programs Howard County is not entirely under one party rule. Senator Robey and County Executive Ulman could face close races this year and need to worry about thousands of angry ticket recipients showing up at the polls.

Those officials are acutely aware that earlier this year, just across the border in Carroll County, the voters in the town of Sykesville held a referendum where they overwhelmingly rejected the cameras... more people voted against the cameras than voted for that town's current mayor in the last election. Once Howard County officials are secure in their jobs for another four years then you will see the cameras pop up.

If you go to places like Baltimore and the municipalities in Prince George's that are under one party rule it is different. They know they face no serious challenge after the primaries. In those places they do not worry about their plans being subjected to scrutiny and have freely bent every rule in the books in order to maximize the revenue potential of the cameras. They have created many new school zones, often far from schools, bent all the signage requirements, and in the case of Mount Rainier, Brentwood and Cheverly they have even lowered speed limits at camera sites. In such places openly ripping off out of town drivers is just par for the course; now you know where not to visit or spend money.

Posted by: afpre42 | August 31, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

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