Just like feathered accessories and square-toe shoes, it seems even speed cameras are making a comeback in Baltimore City. The cameras were shut down in 2013 for issuing erroneous tickets, but the city hopes that the updated cameras will not have the same problem.
Drivers, beware. The plan is to add 37 more traffic cameras around the city, 27 of which will be speed cameras. These will join the traffic cameras that were already in place making Baltimore City home to over 100 cameras.
This is what you should keep in mind before you speed past the new cameras.
According to one agency, speeding killed over 9,000 people in 2017, accounting for more than 25 percent of all traffic fatalities. While accidents seem to be an inevitable part of driving a vehicle, speeding tends to make a crash worse.
The goal of the new traffic cameras is to reduce collisions and fatalities in the city. Many of the cameras are going up near schools to try to protect these high traffic areas and the children going to and from school.
Raking in revenue
There is another element to Baltimore City’s motivation for reviving the speed cameras. The cameras are set up to catch people going more than 12 miles per hour over the speed limit. When the cameras capture a speeder, the driver will get a $40 ticket. While that may seem small, the cameras are estimated to bring in over $20 million.
The city is hoping that this time around the cameras will be effective at reducing accidents and will not have the same problem with erroneous tickets as the last time.