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Howard County's Speed Camera Fines Exceed $100,000 in 7 Weeks

More than 2,500 citations have been issued so far.

Since launching its speed camera program seven weeks ago, Howard County has issued 2,857 citations in school zones, according to Howard County Police.

Police began issuing $40 tickets to violators on Nov. 16, following a month of . Elizabeth Schroen, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, said 737 notices were sent during the 30-day warning period.

Since warnings ended, police report $40,000 in fines have been collected for 1,000 citations. The remainder "are pending payment," said Schroen. They total an additional $74,280 in fines.

Cameras are mounted on two vans that rove Howard County to capture speeders in school zones. The vans move throughout the day, say police, and are operational from 6 a.m.–8 p.m.

Every Thursday, Howard County posts a list of locations where the vans will be, on the police department's website.

Drivers traveling 12 mph or more above the speed limit receive citations with fines that do not add penalty points to the violator's driving record.

All fines collected go back into the speed camera program to pay for operations, said Schroen. Leftover funds are designated for public safety programs, but "to date, there have been not been any funds generated over costs," Schroen added.

Many counties and cities in Maryland have seen  generated during the past few years, with much of the money going to support police and fire departments.

Elizabeth Janney January 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Hi everyone, Let's stay on topic. The comments about Mayfield are making me wonder why there isn't a traffic light. Has the community asked for one?
Adam R January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Sandra, you are so right Old Washington Road is the worst for speeders. People regularly go faster than 50 down towards Augustine Church. Very unsafe at this speed on this road. HCPD in the 90's had regular speed traps in front of the old Elkridge Elementary School, I remember because I was guilty and got a ticket on a Sunday morning in 1996. Since I found out Elkridge doubled in population and lost a policeman during the past decade it is no wonder the speeding has gotten worse. Cameras are okay for running red lights , but speeding laws need to be enforced by the police.
jb January 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
stay out of the road it was meant for cars; not to walk your dogs. go to the park, take your kids in the backyard with the nice picket fences and swing sets and pools and not play in the road. they are more worried about making the money for the county than the actual well being of us. the community has asked for one so the next best thing is to protect the kids ourselves dont play in the road!!
Dennis Wesley January 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Howard County Police Department has been gracious enough to just issue warnings during the first month. They now post where the vans are and if people are going over 13 miles of the limit they should be fined. I have the unfortunate job of responding and transporting fatalities to the medical examiners office. The area of real concern now is Route 32 from Rt 108 to Rt 144, I have been their at least 6 times for fatalities. Dennis Wesley, Mortuary Support Service Of Maryland Marriottsville, Md 21104 410-615-1499
Adam R January 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Dennis, the police were not gracious, they were told to do that as part of the new camera deal. Montgomery and Baltimore County's did the same thing during their switch to the speeding cameras. Sorry about RT 32, your right it is a deathtrap. After RT 108 RT32 turns into the Badlands. Instead of a two lane road they should spread the road way out to 4 lanes all the way to RT 70. Now all they have is this controlled 2 lane road with barriers and no passing lanes and it is no good. I always take RT 100 to RT 29 to Rt 70 instead of RT 32. Seems longer mileage wise but always faster.

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