Speed and Red Light Cameras Met With Mixed ResponseOctober 17, 2017
Baltimore officials recently announced that they would be expanding the number of speed detection and red-light cameras throughout the city in an effort to reduce speeding and create safer streets and neighborhoods. The number of locations where the cameras will be installed will almost double. While some community officials support the expansion, others question whether the time, money, and effort should be directed towards other issues, like crime control, in Baltimore.
This latest expansion is the third time Baltimore has attempted to run a speed camera system. Previous attempts failed due to accuracy issues. According to Robert Liberati, director of Baltimore’s speed and red-light camera system, there was a high level of demand from the community for more cameras. In fact, there were so many requests from neighborhoods and councilmen that he doubts all the requests will be filled.
City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young supports the expansion and would like to see the camera in his East Baltimore neighborhood restored. Too many people speed in the neighborhood, which endangers children who are walking to and from school. If people know they will get a ticket after a camera catches them speeding, they may be less likely to speed.
Concerns Over Traffic Camera Systems
There are those who criticize certain aspects of the expansion, claiming that it is simply a way for the city to make money. According to Jean Pula, President of the Hampstead Hill Association, too many people get tickets who do not deserve them. Red light cameras make sense to Erica Mullin, President of the East Rosemont Community Association, but too often, the speed cameras catch people who are only going five to seven miles over the speed limit. She believes that city officials should direct their attention to reducing violent crime and making sure that the sidewalks are safe for children to walk to and from school.
Other community members expressed concern about the industrial businesses located near the school, and that 18-wheelers have been seen riding up on sidewalks as they make wide turns onto narrow neighborhood streets. As one neighborhood resident pointed out, it is not safe for large trucks to be driving on the sidewalk, particularly in a school zone, as t is a serious safety issue.
Since August of this year, the new speed cameras have issued over 36,000 citations. The number of cameras installed in school zones will increase from 14 to 21, and they will issue $40 fines. The number of red light cameras installed will go from eight locations to 29, and have already issued close 2,000 citations.
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