Portion of Revenue from Speed Cameras Allocated to Traffic SafetyJanuary 14, 2019
A new bill was recently introduced at a Baltimore County Council meeting that would reallocate 25 percent of the revenue generated by speed cameras toward several traffic safety programs. Councilman David Marks introduced the bill at the December meeting, saying that they receive constant requests for traffic improvements, but there is never enough money to develop and implement these projects. If passed, a portion of the funds will be used toward safety improvement projects in school zones.
Half of the funds received from the speed camera revenue would be used for traffic-calming devices, road safety improvements, and radar speed signs. The other half would be used to address safety issues in school zones. Children who are walking or riding their bikes to and from school should feel safe, and not have to worry about getting hit by a car because someone was speeding or using their phone.
Current Use of Funds
According to Marks, the revenue from the speed cameras is currently put into a general fund, which is used to pay for a range of public safety programs, including helicopters and body cameras. State and county laws dictate that speed cameras are only allowed in school zones. In Baltimore County, there are speed cameras set up at 61 public and private schools. A motorist will receive a citation if he or she is driving more than 12 miles per hour above the speed limit. The fine for exceeding the speed limit in a school zone is $40.
The costs associated with the implementation of the camera program will be covered by the revenue that the cameras generate, as stated by Maryland law. According to the State Highway Administration, the rest of the money is to be used for pedestrian safety programs and other public safety programs. This will help prevent serious accidents, particularly those involving school children and pedestrians.
In 2017 alone, there were 1,877 speed-related traffic accidents in Baltimore, involving 563 injuries and 13 fatalities. In 2016, over 10,000 people were fatally injured in speeding-related car accidents in the United States. Speeding is particularly dangerous if the roads are wet or icy due to inclement weather. If the driver loses control of the vehicle, it can have serious consequences, both for the driver and other motorists in the vicinity. In addition, injuries tend to be much more severe in speeding-related accidents because the force of impact is much greater. Following the rules of the road, obeying the speed limit, and paying attention to your surroundings can prevent serious accidents. Effective safety programs can also encourage motorists to make safety a priority when behind the wheel.
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