- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2011

A speed camera deployed along the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring — the first of its kind to be used on the highway — issued 21,100 tickets worth $840,000 since August, a motor association analysis showed on Monday.

Overall, Maryland ticketed nearly 400,000 motorists between January and October for work-zone speeding, totaling $16 million in fines paid to state coffers, a AAA Mid-Atlantic survey said.

The stretch of highway in Baltimore from Interstate 95 north and south from Interstate 695 to Interstate 895 was the busiest, with 211,793 tickets issued for a total of $8.4 million in fines.

Work-zone speed cameras are posted round-the-clock in areas with at least a 45 miles-per-hour speed limit. Drivers must be going more than 12 mph over the speed limit to be ticketed. The ticket is a $40 civil fine, and no points are deducted from a driver’s license.

AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II said the speed cameras might not be popular, but they’re “having the desired effects: decreasing the number of speeders in highway construction zones … and reducing the severity of crashes.”

For example, the Beltway camera — near a work zone that stretches along Interstate 495 between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue — the number of speeding infractions dropped from 12,000 in the first month, August, to 4,275 in September and 4,402 in October.

Numbers from Maryland’s transportation authority and state highway administration show that in the last decade an average of 12 people die and 1,484 people are injured in work-zone-related crashes.

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