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December 31, 2012
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.
By DAVE McMILLION | | December 16, 2012
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.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | December 10, 2012
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.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | December 4, 2012
The Hagerstown City Council will vote later this month to add more staff to its police and fire departments as a result of the incoming revenues from the city's speed camera program. Since the speed cameras in various school zones around Hagerstown went live in April, paid tickets through October have generated a net revenue of nearly $540,000 for the city, according to Capt. Mark Holtzman, Hagerstown's acting police chief. Capturing approximately 200 violations per day, the cameras have brought in $215,840 last fiscal year - from mid-April through June 30 - then another $324,007 through October of the current fiscal year, which began July 1, Holtzman told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.
November 12, 2012
The first SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system in a Washington County work zone has gone into effect along Interstate 70 at the Conococheague Creek as part of the bridge replacement project over the creek, between Exit 24 to Greencastle Pike and Exit 18 to Clear Spring. The cameras began operating on  Nov. 7, according to a release from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). The system is currently in a 21-day warning period, which will end Wednesday, Nov. 28, when violations will begin to result in citations.
By DAVE McMILLION | | October 4, 2012
Smithsburg Town Council members have given final approval to setting up a speed camera system in an attempt to correct a reoccurring speeding problem around the town's three public schools on North Main Street. The move came during a Tuesday night town council meeting. At last month's town council meeting, Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight said speeding has been significant in the area of Smithsburg High School, Smithsburg Elementary School and Smithsburg Middle School. “Our efforts in this area have not worked like I would have liked them to,” Knight said during Tuesday's meeting.
Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | July 18, 2012
The Winter Street School Alumni Association visited Lancaster, Pa., on May 8. Those on the trip were Paul and Claudia Barr, Anna Stup, Joyce Henicle, Janet Hull, Ev Grove, Carolyn Foster, Pat Henry, Gladys Spessard, Ethel Schmidt, Wally and Rose Malkiewicz, Pete and Daisy Wolfensberger, Diane Palmer, Jack Palmer, Dixie and Ronnie Lushbaugh, Connie and Donnie Richardson, Pat Slocum, Sandy Leiter, Nick and Beverly Wolff, Charles and Lois Lumm, Bill...
By TIM ROWLAND | | July 8, 2012
Hagerstown says that the results of its automated speed cameras are “better than expected.” Great. So let's quit while we're ahead. The dangers and potential for abuse with for-profit justice would seem to be self-evident, but so many communities (and the private corporations that are egging them on) have been finding clever ways of selling the public a bill of goods, that perhaps a review is in order. It all starts with the children, of course. We put up cameras, just a few, to operate during the school day. Or maybe a little more ... you know, just a little safety overlap, so we can reduce police hours.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | July 2, 2012
It's been about two months since automated speed cameras went live in school zones around the city of Hagerstown, and preliminary figures show that speeding in those areas has begun to decrease, according to city officials. “The early results are better than expected,” Hagerstown Police Capt. Mark Holtzman said Friday. Compared with traffic data collected by the city's engineering department before cameras were installed, police expected to see about an 80 percent drop in speeding violations, but results have been better in some locations, he said.
April 12, 2012
Speed cameras that were installed last month on Northern Avenue between Fountaindale Elementary and Northern Middle schools in Hagerstown will go live Monday. The cameras were installed and activated March 13 to give motorists a 30-day warning period, according to a city news release. Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, vehicles traveling 12 mph or more above the speed limit will be issued a $40 citation. That amount will be reduced to $35 if the fine is paid within 10 days of the ticket being mailed.
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