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Speed camera near Smithsburg schools set to go live Jan. 14

December 31, 2012

SMITHSBURG — A speed camera that is designed to address speeding vehicles around Smithsburg’s three public schools on North Main Street will start monitoring traffic Jan. 14, according to Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight.

But there will be a 30-day grace period before the system starts issuing tickets, which will be mailed to motorists, Knight said Monday.

Tickets will be mailed to motorists who are exceeding the 20 mph school zone speed limit by 12 mph or more, Knight said.

The fine for speeding in the school zone is $40 and Optotraffic, the company operating the system, will get 40 percent of the proceeds from each ticket, Knight said.

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

— Dave McMillion

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