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Cameras to catch red light runners

July 27, 2000

Cameras to catch red light runners



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Hagerstown City Council has taken another step toward bringing cameras to the city that catch drivers running red lights.

The council voted Tuesday to permit the mayor or city administrator to enter into contractual agreements with Howard County, Md., to implement a so-called Red Light Camera Traffic Control Program. Howard County already has such a program.

City Engineer Bruce Johnston said the cameras could be in operation in September. The intersections were the cameras will be installed have not been determined.

Johnston said nine intersections are being considered for the cameras, including:

  • East Franklin and North Locust Street.
  • West Washington Street and Burhans Boulevard.
  • North Potomac Street and Northern Avenue and Eastern Boulevard.
  • North Potomac Street and Franklin Street.
  • South Potomac Street and Washington Street.
  • South Potomac Street and Wilson Boulevard.
  • North Potomac Street and Church Street and East Avenue.
  • Dual Highway and Cleveland Boulevard.
  • Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive.


The city is expected to install the cameras at four of those intersections.

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The cameras would photograph vehicles as they approach an intersection and then go through a red light. A $75 citation would then be sent to the owner of the vehicle.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said Tuesday that the red light camera program is "the culmination of an effort that began over a year ago" following the March 1999 death of an 18-year-old woman in a car accident on West Franklin Street.

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