Baltimore drivers be warned: Automated camera fines are returning to I-95 next week, and fines from cameras on city streets aren’t far off.
Starting Monday, June 12, speed cameras on a stretch of I-95 will begin automatically issuing fines to drivers speeding through construction zones, according to a Maryland Transportation Authority release. The cameras were deployed weeks ago between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Moravia Road, but the state has allowed a 21-day “warning period.” That ends on Sunday.
The cameras have been switched on to try to protect construction crews working on a four-mile section of the interstate before the tunnel. The $49.4 million project encompasses four lanes and is expected to be finished in summer 2018.
The cameras allow speedy drivers some wiggle room. The MDTA says they’ll issue tickets to anyone photographed traveling 12 or more miles over the speed limit, which has been lowered to 50 miles per hour in the work zone. The flat fee for photographed speeding is $40.
MDTA will put up warning signs and a “speed trailer” with a ticker to let drivers know they’re going too fast before they reach the camera zone, according to the release.
The arrival of the interstate’s speed cameras precedes Baltimore City getting 36 of its own cameras spread across the city limits. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who’s resurrected Baltimore’s speeding, red light and commercial vehicle enforcement camera program, has said they could be up and running as soon as this month.
The city approved nearly $10 million in combined contracts in May for two vendors to operate the three dozen cameras around the city. Conduent, a subsidiary of Xerox, which ran the city’s failed program that shut down in 2013, will run the speed cameras, while American Traffic Solutions will run the red light and commercial vehicle enforcement ones. The Baltimore City Department of Transportation will review all citations with the police department, and will have an in-house ombudsman to handle complaints.
DOT spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes wrote in an email that fines will be $40 for speeding and $75 for running a red light. Drivers of commercial trucks caught in restricted zones will get a warning the first time, a $250 fine the second time and a $500 fine for each violation thereafter.
Asked about the schedule for implementation, she wrote, “We will advise timely when activation occurs.”
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