No Successful Challenges to Speed Camera Citations

The speed cameras averaged about 104 citations per day in January, police said.


Nearly 2,200 speed camera citations were issued in January, according to the Howard County Police Department. Only a handful of citations have been contested.

“Our collective thought was that the first [contested ticket] would be a physicist with a projector,” debating the accuracy of the technology, Chief William McMahon said Wednesday.

It was, instead, a young woman who was speeding, contested the ticket, and was found guilty, McMahon said. So far, all of the drivers who have contested citations–less than five–have been found guilty and ordered to pay the $40 fine.

Money from the citations is earmarked to pay for the speed camera program, according to police spokeswoman Elizabeth Schroen. Any additional money is dedicated to public safety programs.

In January alone, speed camera operators issued about 2,100 citations, according to Capt. John McKissick. That's about $84,000.

“That was with 20 operational days,” he said. “They averaged about 104 citations per day” in January, he said, and about 90 per day in December.

McKissick last year answered some frequently asked questions about the speed camera program. 

The two speed cameras are mobile, and travel to different school zones in Howard County during the day and any time when a school facility is in use, for class or other activities.

McMahon said that in particular, Whiskey Bottom Road, Ilchester Road and Centennial Lane have proven to have speed problems.

At the Citizens Advisory Council meeting, an attendee asked if there was any discussion about putting speed cameras on “regular” streets as opposed to solely in school zones.

“I do think they have potential use on the roads,” McMahon said, but as written, legislation only allows Howard County to use speed cameras in school and work zones. 

“I don’t see that on the horizon.” 

The police department updates weekly the list of streets where mobile speed cameras will be in operation. Find that list, and more information about the cameras online. 

Rand February 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
This is the prelude to just anther way the government will rob you of your money! What they need to look at are the outdated speed limits set on most roads. These limits were originally set by technical ability of car like braking distance,m etc. The world has gotten bigger, the area traveled has become larger since the original speed limits. The one exception is school zones, other than that it is just another way to rob you of your money.
MG42 February 19, 2012 at 01:56 PM
LRD I just told you what powers the system- their engines. And as Carol points out below I'm sure they have the AC on during hot days and the heat on during cold days (the vans are occupied). Since you obviously don't believe me you can confirm with the police liaison or continue to look stupid by denying it. The choice is yours.
Jay February 20, 2012 at 03:24 AM
For those who think it's just a revenue maker.., I'm assuming all of you lives near those the problem areas? If you do then you'll know the issues and thus the reason why there's a speed trap. I for one am happy to see something is being done. People speed, get ticketed, and get angry for breaking the law. Simple human behavior. If you have a problem with it then slow down and put those Van out of business - pretty simple.
Sean Colin February 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
It looks to me that the cameras are not having the desired effect, the number of citations are increasing, not decreasing.
Dave November 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Then they ARE having the desired effect haha. Their goal is not to satisfy the 3% of the people who complain about 'speeders', it's to generate money. It's as simple as that.


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