Three bills related to speed cameras will be the subject of a hearing Friday afternoon in Annapolis:
- HB 857 would exempt law enforcement vehicles from receiving citations from speed cameras.
- HB 944 would shift the responsibility of inspecting and signing off on speed camera documentation from a police officer to an “authorized person.”
- HB 1044 would require an independent party to calibrate speed cameras; require speed camera documentation be made available to drivers who are issued citations for their defense; and require a summons be issued to speed camera operators at a defendant’s request.
In 2009 the state legislature authorized the use of speed cameras in school and work zones. In May of 2011, the Howard County Council approved the use of two mobile cameras in school zones
The cameras are operational Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. At any given time, one of the two vans may on any of the designated streets listed on the Howard County Police Department’s website.
As of January, about 104 citations were being issued per day, leading to a monthly revenue total of about $84,000 according to Capt. John McKissick.
Money from citations will help fund the staff and equipment for the speed camera program. If there is any surplus it will be earmarked for traffic and pedestrian safety programs according to County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Police Chief William McMahon.