City To Install More Speed Cameras in February

The city is trying to control speeding near Benjamin Tasker Middle School by installing the cameras near the intersection of Kenhill Drive and Fair Lane.

The recently announced the installation of speed cameras on Kenhill Drive next month, citing the need to control speeding near . 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 and .
  • Race Track Road near .
  • Route 197 near .
  • Route 450 near and .
  • Northview Drive near .
  • Belair Drive near the Belair Annex to Bowie High School.

A recent 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." 

Tell us what you think about the speed cameras in the comments.

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.

patchreader January 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If people would slow down to the posted speed limit: they would not be breaking the law, they would not be paying a fine, no money would be generated and going to the city, no one would need to wonder where the money going because there is none, the roads would be much safer for drivers, the roads would be much safer for our children, there would be less accidents causing traffic jams that cause people to be late, people would be paying less for car insurance, on and on and on...
michael a. rogers January 30, 2012 at 04:05 PM
a better question, might be how much weekly, etc., is the city bring in on the venture. then what are they doing with it mike rogers
michael a. rogers January 30, 2012 at 04:11 PM
holy cow, do we live in Oz. Or Fairy Land. your thoughts are nice but did you grasp them out of thin air. realisticly NO Way MIKE ROGERS
Gary Haynes August 05, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I got my two tickets in the mail yesterday for going too fast on 450. The tickets were 90 seconds and 4 blocks apart. Ridiculous! I do not mind paying for a ticket when I am wrong. But 2 tickets are just filling the cities coffers.
michael a. rogers August 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM
why don't you ask the Mayor that question. Do not take no for an answer. By now the tickets monies would build a new RT 197 from 450 to Tasker! mike rogers


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