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Hagerstown OKs speed camera ordinances

January 31, 2012

The Hagerstown City Council gave final approval Tuesday night to two ordinances to allow the use of speed cameras in city school zones.

The five-member council passed both measures 4-1, with Councilman Forrest W. Easton voting against them.

The ordinances will allow cameras to be set up in designated school zones to ticket motorists who drive 12 mph or more over the speed limit.

City and police officials have said the cameras will increase safety for children and reduce police workload.

However, Easton and Mayor Robert Bruchey II, who said he would not sign the ordinances, are opposed to the proposed hours of camera operation because it appears the city is using them just to generate revenue.

“I’m voting against it for the same reason the mayor’s not signing it — the excessive time,” Easton said, referring to the cameras being used Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., regardless if school is in session.

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The ordinance will take effect March 1, but the first 30 days would be considered a warning period.

— C.J. Lovelace

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