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Funkstown officials considering speed cameras

December 10, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown officials are considering traffic cameras to catch speeders after the issue of drivers speeding through town, particularly on Baltimore Street, came up during Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. asked Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes to find out more about speed cameras and whether the town would receive the revenue from them.

“It’s like a racetrack through here,” Donald Knodle, who lives on West Baltimore Street, said of traffic between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. It’s also “terrible” in the evenings, he said.

Traffic has been dumped onto Baltimore Street, which has created a problem more than helped, said Knodle, referring to Poplar and Chestnut streets being made one-way, east, in 2007. That move prevents drivers coming through town on Edgewood Drive from cutting through on the residential streets to avoid traffic signals along Baltimore Street.

Crampton said the town contracts with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for a patrol deputy, but he could not tell Knodle how many speeding tickets the deputy has disbursed. He said he could get that information to Knodle.

Crampton said he has seen Maryland State Police monitoring speed on East Oak Ridge Drive and on Alternate U.S. 40, near Dimensions Dining and Catering where the speed limit changes to 25 mph.

Knodle said if more speeding tickets were handed out, people would learn Funkstown has speed traps.

When the mayor mentioned speed cameras, Councilman Richard L. Gaver said he would not oppose them. He said the City of Hagerstown was generating revenue from its speed cameras.

Councilman John Phillips III said he didn’t think the town would receive any revenue from speed cameras on a state highway. Baltimore Street, the main road through downtown Funkstown, is part of Alternate U.S. 40.

When Crampton asked if there would still be interest in speed cameras if the revenue went to the state, Gaver said, if it would “slow people down.”

Phillips said there is a “grace period” of 12 mph over the speed limit before a driver gets a citation generated from a speed camera in Hagerstown.

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