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Use of radar cameras gets tentative approval in Maryland Senate

March 26, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

The Maryland Senate tentatively approved the use of radar cameras to catch speeders Tuesday.

Opponents argued the cameras are invasive and are designed to trap unsuspecting drivers in order to raise fine money for local governments.

Under the proposal, radar cameras would only be used in school zones or residential areas where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.

Police said they would target drivers going at least 10 mph over the speed limit.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington said he supports the legislation because it would be an effective way to stop speeding, which is a major complaint of his constituents.

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Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, opposes the bill, which still requires approval from the full Senate and House of Delegates to become law.

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