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Information on the accuracy of speed cameras in highway construction zones is now accessible to the public online, the Maryland State Highway Administration announced Thursday.
The announcement follows reports of inaccuracies in the cameras in Baltimore city and Baltimore County.
Calibration certifications and daily verification tests by camera operators are available at www.safezones.maryland.gov.
“It is important that people have confidence in the accuracy and validity of the equipment and fairness of the SafeZones program,” Col. Marcus Brown, Maryland State Police superintendent, said in a statement.
“We wanted to clarify some things about the program, because there has been some wrong information out there,” said Lora Rakowski, spokeswoman for SHA. “Local programs are different than the state program, and we wanted to distinguish that.”
On Wednesday, two workers were killed when a driver veered into a work zone on U.S. Route 40 near the town of North East. There was no speed camera in the accident area; the work zone would not have qualified for one under the law because Route 40 is not an expressway, Rakowski said.
In a statement, Melinda B. Peters, the state highway administrator, said statistics prove that the SafeZones cameras are getting motorists to slow in highway construction areas.
“Lower speeds have reduced the number of work zone crashes and injuries,” she said.
–– Holly Nunn