Starting Monday, motorists traveling through Hyattsville now have five more reasons to keep the pedal off the metal. That's when the city's new automated speed camera program goes live.
"The goal of the automated speed enforcement program is designed to reduce driver speeds, promote safe driving habits and make our streets safer for school children, motorists and pedestrians," reads an announcement from the Hyattsville City Police Department heralding the launch of the program.
The cameras will be deployed on Feb. 19. For the first 30 days the cameras are live, speeding motorists caught by the cameras driving more than 12 miles above the speed limit will receive a written warning in the mail. After that, speeding motorists risk a $40 fine for speeding. The citations will not be reported to insurance companies, nor will they result in new points on your drivers license.
The city is starting the program with five portable camera units, all of which are expected to be up and running by March.
The cameras may be located at the following locations, each of which is located within one half of a mile from a school:
- 3700 block of East West Highway (Westbound)
- 3700 block of East West Highway (Eastbound)
- 7000 block of Adelphi Road (Southbound)
- 5900 block of Ager Road (Southbound)
- 5900 block of Ager Road (Northbound)
These cameras are in addition to three red light cameras located at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and the Alternate Route 1 bridge (looking northbound), the intersection of Queens Chapel Road and Queensbury Road (looking northbound) and the intersection of East-West Highway and Queens Chapel Road (eastbound).