Saturday, September 8, 2012
The Perry Hall speed camera is one of at least five damaged in Baltimore County since 2010.
Police are investigating a vandalized speed camera on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall. Early Saturday morning, residents reported that black spray paint was covering the camera's lenses and a graffiti tag appeared on one side, according to Sgt. Bruce Aris, a Baltimore County police spokesman. At this time, investigators do not believe the incident is connected to a vandalized speed camera near Loch Raven High School, reported early Friday morning, Aris said. Community members largely supported the Seven Courts camera's installation in July. Speeding and reckless driving are widely regarded as serious problems along Seven Courts Drive. Ire over traffic conditions escalated after a 68-year-old woman was struck and killed while trying to …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Five new speed camera locations were operational in Baltimore County this week.
On Wednesday, five new speed cameras became operational in Baltimore County, including one in Catonsville. The total of speed cameras in the Catonsville area is now up to four, including: In all of Baltimore County, there are now 27 speed cameras in school zones. For the first 30 days, the cameras will issue warnings to drivers who exceed the posted speed limit by more than 12 mph. After that, violations carry a penalty of $40 with no points. Speed cameras are operational Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Devices at Bais Yaakov and St. Ursula's schools are the first in private school zones.
Speed cameras will be placed near Baltimore County private schools for the first time in the program's two year history. The cameras on Smith Avenue near Bais Yaakov School in Pikesville and on Harford Road between Putty Hill and I-695 near St. Ursula School in Parkville are part of five new cameras announced late Friday by the Baltimore County Police Department. "We're concerned about safety in school zones, period—whether they are in public or private school zones," said Elise Armacost, a police department spokeswoman. In addition to the cameras near the private schools, the department plans to install cameras at three other locations: Armacost could not immediately provide information on how the locations for the new cameras, including …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Speed humps are not an option; the state has looked at islands and adding more sidewalks.
The speed camera that was torched on South Rolling Road has been replaced but questions remain on how to best handle safety on the two-lane road that has turned into a major thoroughfare. Improving pedestrian safety and controlling traffic volume and speed on the road have been discussed for years at community meetings, with numerous options put on the table. After the speed camera at the newest camera location in Catonsville was burned last week, Patch readers commented that speed bumps would be a better option, and others questioned outright if speed cameras were an effective deterrent for speeding. Just last summer, a committee of community members finished a list of recommendations for ways to improve traffic and pedestrian safety …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
There is generally no love lost on speed cameras, but torching one?
Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk said Friday that the burning of a Catonsville speed camera on South Rolling Road Friday morning was unfortunate. "I really wish we didn't need speed cameras," he told Patch Friday afternoon, adding that speeding in Southwest Baltimore County is the biggest issue his office hears complaints about. "Speeding along Interstate 695 is different than speeding in a community like South Rolling Road. People are sick and tired of people speeding in their communities," he said. Quirk, along with other Catonsville residents, shared their thoughts on what police say was an act by vandals who set the county speed camera on fire about 1:40 a.m. Friday. The camera was located on a cement pad that was installed just …
Friday, April 20, 2012
The camera was at the newest location at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road.
The speed camera on South Rolling Road was destroyed after vandals set fire to the metal box early Friday morning, according to police. The act comes a week after the speed camera and cement pad were installed by the county at the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive on South Rolling Road. Officials had added the third site along South Rolling Road after many residents complained about excessive speeding along that stretch of the road. Police received a call at 1:40 a.m. for a fire along the 400 block of South Rolling Road, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. When Engine 41 from Catonsville responded to the scene, firefighters saw that the metal box that holds the camera was on fire. Firefighters extinquished it and …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The location will be the second camera in Catonsville.
Two days after an additional base for a speed camera on South Rolling Road was added by Baltimore County Police, officials announced a brand new location in Catonsville. Starting May 1, Craigmont Road outside Johnnycake Elementary School will have a camera that will move to both sides of the street to catch drivers. On Friday, the county installed a third cement pad for the speed camera on South Rolling Road. The third location for the South Rolling Road camera is at Brook Road and Gary Drive. The camera on Craigmont Road is the second in Catonsville. There are now 17 cameras in Baltimore County. Officials also announced a new camera in Perry Hall. The new cameras will be operational May 1. For 30 days after each camera is activated, …
Monday, April 16, 2012
With a third location for a Baltimore County speed camera, Patch wants to know where the worst speeding is.
Last week, Baltimore County installed a third location for a speed camera. The location is also on South Rolling Road but it is roughly a mile north of the two locations by Catonsville High School. A cement pad designed to hold a speed camera now sits just south of the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive. The camera faces south and can only catch speeders heading south on South Rolling Road. Residents who live near the second location and Councilman Tom Quirk said that stretch of road is by far the worst for speeding. Patch wants to know, where do you think the worst speeding in Catonsville is? Is it along Rolling Road or somewhere else?
Friday, April 13, 2012
Baltimore County created a third location for a speed camera rotation on South Rolling Road.
Baltimore County has expanded the reach of its speed cameras to catch motorists barreling down South Rolling Road in Catonsville. A third speed camera location became operational today. A cement pad designed to hold a speed camera sits just south of the intersection of Brook Road and Gary Drive. The camera faces south and can only catch speeders heading south on South Rolling Road, said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. The new spot for the Catonsville camera, which will rotate among three locations, has been the most requested area for speed monitoring from residents, said County Councilman Tom Quirk. "You do have a lot of speeding there and there are a lot of kids there," he said. The camera will rotate between the new spot and the two …