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Smithsburg council approves contract for speed camera

December 16, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG, Md. — A speed camera that is to be set up around Smithsburg’s three public schools on North Main Street could be operational by next month, according to Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight.

The speed camera will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Smithsburg Council member Donnie Souders.

Town officials started contemplating putting a speed camera in the area of Smithsburg High School, Smithsburg Elementary School and Smithsburg Middle School after Knight said there has been a problem with speeding near the schools.

Souders said more than 1,200 vehicles a day drive past the schools on North Main Street and more than half of them are speeding.

Souders said the camera will be able to catch speeders going both directions on North Main Street.

Once the system is ready to go, motorists will have a 30-day grace period before the issuance of speeding tickets starts, Souders said.

The speed camera system is the same as the ones that recently were installed in Hagerstown, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said previously. The camera system will snap photos of motorists speeding in the school zone and speeding tickets will be mailed to violators, Myers said.

Town officials said previously that the company that manages the system will get some of the proceeds from fines, but those details are still being worked out, Knight said.

Smithsburg Town Council members on Dec. 4 approved a contract with a company known as Optotraffic to run the speed camera, Souders said.

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