Time to ease back on the gas pedal on Wise Avenue
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:54

Speed camera to be installedn at Patapsco High

by Bill Gates

    Four new speed camera locations became active in Baltimore County last week, with a fifth ready to go online pending State Highway Administration approval.
    None of the new locations are in Dundalk-Edgemere, or even close to southeast Baltimore County.
    That will change, however, with the next wave of new speed cameras.

The five new sites, also announced last week, include Wise Avenue in front of Patapsco High School.
    There is no time frame as to when the Wise Avenue camera will be installed, according to a Baltimore County spokeswoman.
    “The five new sites are under construction or construction is starting soon,” Elise Armacost said. “We will notify the public when they begin operating.”
    Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson follows three criteria when it comes to choosing where to place speed cameras, Armacost said: speeding data, accident data and citizen complaints.
    Last year, a Patapsco High student was severely injured after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Wise Avenue.
    The new camera will bring the number of speed cameras in this area back to two, joining the one in the 7000 block of Dunmanway outside Dundalk Elementary School.
    There was a speed camera outside Sparrows Point Middle/High schools on North Point Road, but it was moved to Mace Avenue in front of Eastern Tech High School.
    The only other speed camera in southeast Baltimore County is in front of Middle River Middle School in the 800 block of Middle River Road.
    The four cameras that became operational last week are located at Scotts Level Road (Winands Elementary), Goucher Boulevard (Loch Raven Academy), Seven Courts Drive (Seven Oaks Elementary) and Smith Avenue (Bais Yaakov School for Girls in Owings Mills).
    The camera awaiting SHA approval is on Harford Road (St. Ursula’s School).
    In addition to the camera outside Patapsco High, four other cameras are being constructed on Johnnycake Road (Southwest Academy), Cromwell Bridge Road (Loch Raven High), Regester Avenue (Stoneleigh Elementary) and Reisterstown Road (Owings Mills Elementary).
    For the first 30 days after a camera becomes operational, motorists will  receive warnings for violating the posted speed limit by 12 or more miles per hour.
    (For example, in a 25 mph zone, driving at 37 or more mph will activate the camera.)
    “It’s a signal to motorists to adjust their speed and driving habits,” Armacost said.
    After that grace period, violators will receive citations.
    Baltimore County speed cameras, placed outside schools, are only active Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    They remain active during those times throughout the summer.
    The five cameras under construction brings the total number of cameras in the county to 27.
    The Wise Avenue speed camera joins a red-light camera at Wise Avenue and Church Road.