State adds 5th work zone with speed cameras
The State Highway Administration will deploy speed cameras at a work zone in Frederick County -- the fifth such photo enforcement site in Maryland and the first outside the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.
The zone, on U.S. 15 just north of the Hayward Road intersection, could be activated as early as today. Under the speed camera law passed by the General Assembly in 2009, the state can use photo enforcement to control speeds in some types of work zones.
The new zone joins previous ones set up on U.S. 95 near the site of the Intercounty Connector interchange now under construction in Prince George's County, the express toll lane project on I-95 outside Baltimore and the Liberty Road and Charles Street bridge replacement projects on the Beltway.
As with the other zones, the speed cameras in Frederick County will issue tickets only to vehicles going 12 mph or more over the speed limit. The fine is $40 and carries no points. According to the SHA, large warning signs have been set up to alert motorists that they are entering a photo enforcement zone. The posted limit in the zone is 45 mph.
The SHA said the cameras will issue warnings only for their first three weeks in operation.
According to the agency, the work zones that have been in effect have been successful in lowering speeds.
“Statistics gathered from other automated speed enforcement locations are proving that drivers are slowing down as much as five to seven mph through some of our work zones," said SHA chief Neil J. Pedersen "With more than four out of every five work zone crashes injuring the driver, not the worker, we must do everything we can to implore drivers to slow down all the time, especially through work zones .”