Friday, June 10, 2011

Capital Beltway to Get Speed Cameras

The Capital Beltway (I-495) will be getting speed cameras between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue.  A new work zone is being set up there now and cameras will appear "within weeks" according to a story on WTOP.  SHA speed cameras are typically VITRONIC Poliscan cameras, provided by their contractor ACS, housed in a Jeep Liberty. The cameras will ticket people going at least 12mph over the speed limit.... unless of course the cameras are wrong, in which case we're all pretty much boned.

Under Maryland law governing workzone speed cameras, workzone cameras can issue tickets 24/7 "regardless of whether workers are present", and over 70%  of SHA workzone camera tickets have been issued when no work was taking place.  The SHA website shows that between November 2009 and May 31, 2011 the state's 6 freeway cameras have issued over 566,000 citations worth over $22million.