Speed Cameras Catch Hundreds of Repeat Offenders

Since the program began, 455 drivers have received two or more citations.

In areas where Howard County's speed camera vans are parked more often, records show vehicles tend to slow down after a few weeks, said Fred Von Briesen, administrator for the speed camera program.

But when the vans return to those same areas after a brief reprieve, “I’m always surprised at how quickly those [high] numbers return," he said.

Since the program began last fall, Von Briesen said there have been 455 repeat offenders.

So far, he said, the fastest vehicle cited was traveling 82 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Once a citation is issued, police department personnel review it. About 2 percent of citations printed are discarded because the photographs do not conform to the department's standards.

Two tickets have been dismissed, Von Briesen said, not due to accuracy but because of “the judge’s interpretation of the law.”

In all, nearly 8,600 speed camera citations have been issued this year, including three to fire vehicles, four to other county-owned vehicles and 23 to police vehicles–from Howard and other counties, according to officials.

Emergency vehicles do not have to pay citations if they are issued during an emergency operation. Otherwise, operators pay the $40 fine, just like civilians, said police. School and MTA buses have also been issued citations.

Von Briesen said $285,000 collected by the end of February accounted for 90 percent of the tickets issued, an amount which has not yet paid for the program's start-up and operational costs.

Von Briesen said he will submit a report to the county council in 2013 with an evaluation of the program, including its cost and effectiveness.

"The decision on whether we cancel or continue the program comes from the police chief and the [county] council."

When posed with the question, "How do you beat the system?" the administrator of the program had a simple answer.

"You don't," Von Briesen said. "You don't speed."

sarah April 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I can see why that guy went after one of the cameras with a bat!
David Maier April 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
A government never gives up a source of revenue. Aren't we still paying for the Spanish American War by way of a Federal Tax on our phone bills? If the system isn't paying for itself, the only option will be to increase the fines. That way the system can more easily justify itself. I would love to know how many cars passed in front of the cameras during this time period to figure out what size the problem is. It would seem to me, if the government is issuing 76 citations per day and there are 38,000 cars moving in front of the cameras, we are talking about .004 as the size of the problem. Is less than 1/2% worth the expense? There will always be a certain percentage of people that do not obey the rules. Is this good government? You decide.
b.l.May August 22, 2012 at 01:45 AM
what about traffic calming islands,speed bumps in front of schools ,real officers issuing real tickets complete with fines and points! If some nut who runs though a speed camera runs over a 6 yearold all you are gonna get is a picture of a murder. If these assholes who you want want to risk wrecking their hot expensive Howard County super suvs on a bump maybe they will slow down instead of writing a check for a paltry 40$ as opposed to having their suspension replaced,do you want people to slow down or just make money?If a Police officer with a radar gun got me at 85 in a 40 i would have 1040$in fines and a possible 11 points and lord knows how i would get ins.If i do it front of a speed cam,..... 40$? thats all:) school or no school! TELL ME THIS MAKES ONE IOTA OF SENSE EXCEPT TO THE MONEY GRABBERS
b.l.May August 22, 2012 at 01:46 AM
print this
b.l.May August 22, 2012 at 02:03 AM
btw there was absolutely no camp at that school and i challenge the Government of the Peoples Republic of Howard County to prove it. SL is an actress , liar @ subservient to her paycheck but she looks good on the news


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