May 15: In Maryland, speed cameras are restricted to work and school zones. Optotraffic works closely with police departments in selecting the school zones where there is a need to slow down speeders. But some of the students aren’t exactly kids. In fact tens of thousands of college students go to a half dozen campuses in just Prince George’s County. Many of these campuses are in high traffic areas and we’re helping keep those “kids” safe.
March 26: In an overall depressing assessment of speeding, the Governors Highway Safety Association this month noted that deaths caused by speeding are actually on the rise. Speeding was cited as the cause in 10,530 deaths in 2010. This amounts to 31 percent of all fatalities—a seven percent increase since 2000. GHSA notes the decline in police officers to enforce speed laws and calls for the expansion of automated enforcement such as speed cameras, particularly in school and work zones. The full GHSA announcement can be found here.
March 12: In past blogs, we’ve mentioned the bewildering opposition of the Mid-Atlantic AAA to speed cameras. In a recent “Fact v. Fiction” report, the Maryland State Highway Administration took the Triple A to task for its statements calling for speed cameras to be switched off when highway workers weren’t present. The SHA pointed out that work zones are more dangerous for drivers than workers. The agency explained that 80 percent of work zone crashes injure drivers and passengers. The good news is that when speed cameras were installed in Maryland highway work zones, speeding dropped 75 percent. Here’s a link to the Highway Administration report http://www.roads.maryland.gov/OC/Fact-vs-Fiction.pdf. We hope the AAA reads it!
January 24: A Baltimore Sun editorial recently presented a very cogent argument for speed cameras in work zones. The piece pointed out that speed reduction is not only important for the workers in the zone, but that work areas themselves are often dangerous for drivers. Here is a link to that editorial: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-cameras-20111227,0,55388,print.story. Optotraffic can confidently predict that there will be a dramatic improvement in safety in these work zones.