The city of Bowie recently announced the installation of speed cameras on Kenhill Drive next month, citing the need to control speeding near Benjamin Tasker Middle School. The cameras will reportedly be active starting Feb. 6 and located near the intersection of Kenhill Drive and Fair Lane.
The cameras are part of the city's continuing Safe Speed Program, run by the Bowie Police Department. The cameras are triggered for vehicles that exceed the speed limit by 12 mph or more and tickets carry a fine of $40. The cameras remain operational year-round, even when schools are closed.
Existing speed cameras operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays in the following school zones:
- Old Chapel Road near Samuel Ogle Middle School and Whitehall Elementary School.
- Race Track Road near Yorktown Elementary School.
- Route 197 near Rockledge Elementary School.
- Route 450 near Bowie High School and St. Pius X Regional School.
- Northview Drive near Northview Elementary School.
- Belair Drive near the Belair Annex to Bowie High School.
A recent Patch poll asked readers about the speed cameras and the poll results showed that more than half of respondents thought the cameras were more about generating revenue than safety. Yet, the city's website states that the "revenue from the fines will be used to cover the costs incurred by the Bowie Police Department in implementing and administering the City of Bowie Safe Speed Program."
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CORRECTION: An earlier edition of this article incorrectly stated the times at which the cameras are scheduled to be in operation and that the state mandated the cameras remain operational year-round, which is not accurate. While the state specifies the hours the cameras can operate, each jurisdiction or municipality may set the time periods for enforcement. Patch regrets the errors.