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Speeding is dangerous and often deadly. In 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 9,300 fatalities in crashes where aggressive driving or speeding was a contributing factor.
A vehicle’s level of speed also has a significant impact on a pedestrian’s level of risk for severe injury or death. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that a pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling at 20 m.p.h. is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed, compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 m.p.h.
The use of school zone speed safety cameras is authorized under the §21-809, of the Transportation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. The Town’s Police Department partnered with VerraMobility to conduct a school zone speed study. The study revealed a need for a school zone speed safety camera program. The speed camera program provides a safer school zone, while also benefiting the community allowing more resources for community policing.
University Park will be using state-of-the-art digital unmanned cameras and proven violation detection technology to help decrease potential violations at school zone locations in and on the perimeter of the Town, in addition to using officer operated speed detection equipment. Speed safety cameras have shown to be effective in reducing crashes as well as pedestrian-related injuries. Most importantly, communities that use speed safety cameras consistently report safer roads around their schools. The program helps ensure that drivers pay more attention and obey traffic control devices.
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School zone speed safety cameras will only be operational during Monday through Friday, between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Violations will not be captured during summer months.
Any location where speed cameras are in operation must be marked by signs that indicate a speed monitoring system is in use.
The fine amount for a school zone speed safety violation is $40.
No. A violation of §21-809 carries a civil monetary penalty only.
The Town of University Park utilizes transportable and handheld speed safety cameras. The technology for the cameras is shown below. Violations are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle after review and approval of the data and recorded images by a member of the Police Department. The speed safety camera installations represent state-of-the-art technology that is precise and unbiased in its ability to identify vehicles speeding.
The owner of the vehicle is responsible for paying the fine in the Notice of Violation. If you don't agree with the speeding violation you have the right to contest the citation in court. You can also request review by the Town’s ombudsman before the deadline in the Notice for paying the citation or asking for a trial. To request this review, contact Elizabeth Gilead at (301) 277-0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call 1-866-790-4111 and have your license plate number readily available.
The registered owner of a vehicle will be mailed the Notice of Violation. If your vehicle/plate was stolen or you are a rental/lease car agency, you may complete an Affidavit of Non-Responsibility and attach supporting documentation found on www.violationinfo.com. The Affidavit must be received by the due date of your Notice. The Affidavit and supporting documentation will be reviewed and will result in either dismissal of the notice or scheduling an administrative hearing. You will be notified in writing of any action taken.
Notices of Violation are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
No. Owners who receive speed safety camera violations are cited for speed violations only.