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A new school zone has entered the rotation for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office automated speed enforcement program.
Westlake High School has been added to the list of school zones where speed cameras can be activated, according to the sheriff’s office.
The program has three cameras that generally rotate every week to different school zones.
School zones included in the program are William B. Wade Elementary School in Waldorf, Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, Dr. James Craik Elementary School in Pomfret and Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf.
When placed at the new Westlake site, the camera will be on the median of Middleton Road near the front of the high school.
This week cameras are placed at the Wade, McDonough and Malcolm school zones. As a courtesy, the sheriff’s office announces on its Facebook page where the three cameras are located from week to week.
The program launched in August 2012. For the first two weeks, no citations were issued.
The program runs 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday including holidays and in the summer when school is not in session.
The site at Wade is the one exception as it runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and speed is reduced to 25 mph during those times at the Wade site.
The other sites keep with the posted speed limit for that area.
Violators must be traveling 12 mph above the posted limit before the camera will activate, according to the sheriff’s office. For those captured in one of the photos, a $40 citation is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Diane Richardson, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said people are getting used to the idea of having cameras at school zones and appear to be minding the speed limits.
“The goal ultimately is to get people to stay within the speed limit, especially in school zones, regardless if there is a camera present,” she said.
Westlake Principal Chrystal Benson said, “I strongly support any steps we can take to keep students, staff members and the Westlake community safe.”
The cameras are scheduled to enter the program’s rotation in March.