- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
This is in response to Glenn Wederís Oct. 12 letter regarding speed cameras. There is an Maryland state law that not only authorizes the use of automated speed enforcement, both red-light cameras and speed cameras, but also places restrictions on their use.
Speed cameras may only be placed in existing marked school zones and these zones may only be set up within half a mile of a school. Also, they are restricted to only a $40 fine, and the citation issued may not be reported to insurance companies, and may not cause points to be placed on a driverís license, since the camera cannot tell who is driving. The stated purpose of these cameras is for the safety of our schoolchildren. I personally think these systems donít do that, but thatís a whole other letter.
Now, about the red-light cameras. They will not take pictures of people who block intersections, since itís perfectly legal to enter an intersection when itís green or yellow. But you should never enter an intersection unless itís clear all the way across. Entering expecting traffic ahead of you to make room for you before the light turns is asking for it. Especially at a light that is in your own words, ďnotorious for its backups.Ē
Bill Kitchens, Lexington Park