City Closer to Getting Speed Cameras

Residents spoke out for and against the cameras at a public hearing on March 7.

The on March 7 went through the motions of a second reading on a policy to amend the city code to allow for speed cameras to be set up and to establish school zones in or near Hyattsville.

The council held a public hearing about the speed cameras just prior to the council meeting.

Police Chief Douglas Holland said he has received letters of recommendation for the project from , and

The cameras would operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and would only take photos of cars traveling 12 or more miles over the speed limit.

Resident Mary Thornton opposes the speed cameras

Holland said once a vendor is chosen a study including traffic counts, traffic volume, speed and crash data will be conducted.

Resident Jamie Aycock is also opposed to the cameras.

“The city wants to raise money,” he told the council. “There’s clearly no public safety issue involved. There seems to be pretty much no rational basis for this law.”

Laurie Mical, of the Pathway Schools on East West Highway, supports the speed cameras, saying that they would protect students and their families.

DeMatha Catholic School also supports the speed cameras, especially for school zones, said David Gardiner, dean of students.

Hyattsville has two flashing speed limit signs. Resident Anne Spaulding suggested the city use them to let drivers know when they are driving too fast.

Spaulding is concerned about errors in billing with speed cameras since she was double billed after being “caught” by one in

The speed camera program would require a full-time police officer, which would cost about $100,000, Holland said.

The city would all revenue generated from the speed cameras up to 10 percent over Hyattsville's annual revenue. The rest would go back to the state, Holland said.


Photoradarscam March 08, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Complete money grab. Do a study AFTER you choose a vendor? How about conducting a study to see if they are needed to begin with? How many children were injured in the past few years by cars going a few mph too fast in school zones? How do we know they are needed? The answer is we don't. All they know is that they want EASY MONEY, but in the end it's just a drain on the local economy.
Stephen March 08, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Let’s call this the speed scamera zone. That is what it is. Check out http://stopbigbrothermd.org for more info on this scam. In the meantime. Let’s just say that most of the school zone citation happen when there are NO kids around. In fact here are a collection of shenanigans the scamera side pull to churn tickets: Citing for breaking the school zone in the Summer time! http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/18/1859.asp Enforcing a school zone when the school was SHUT DOWN in MD (CLOSED PERMANTELY). http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-school-zone-watchdog-20101008,0,1002689.story Citing people when the yellow light was NOT ON. http://blog.thenewstribune.com/street/2011/01/26/speed-cameras-go-awry-but-its-not-their-fault/ Not posting the school hours: http://www.cleveland.com/roadrant/index.ssf/2010/08/most_school_zone_signs_earn_a.html Fight the SCAM! Ban the CAMS! www.motorists.org www.banthecams.org www.camrafraud.com www.bhspi.org and www.bancams.com
balto_county_refugee March 09, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I always wave at the speed cameras in New Carrollton as I drive by them. However, I confess that I do not use my whole hand.
Joy March 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Explain please, why the rest of the money would go to the State? I also believe they are only putting the speed cameras in to raise money or they would have had other means to slow the traffice in school areas long before this.


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