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.

michael a. rogers January 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
there is a school on Rustic Hill. The city is responsible for it, said the County, so, because there is excessive speeding on Rustic Hill, the city needs to install speed camera to curb the speeding before someone is slaughtered. check on how many students Walk to St Pius mike rogers
Sheila January 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM
What is the city doing with all the money the speed cameras are generating?
Leslie January 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I believe the cameras operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., not 6 to 8 a.m.
Susan Jenkins (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Leslie, thank you for pointing that out--the article has been changed to reflect the correct times! Sheila, 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." We'll see if we can get more details.
Rose Woodruff January 25, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I have to admit that I have paid a couple fines from the speed cameras. Living off Race Track road,traveling in most directions I pass them. However, the City has given all of us fair warning about the cameras, their hours of operation, the exact speed at which they engage, the fact that the cameras are moved because there is a limit on how many are in use, etc. If anything, they do cause people to slow down. Unfortunately, sometimes people abruptly slow down to below the limit even after hours. As long as the cameras are used only at school zones, I will support them and just hang my head as I pay the $40 fine for my own inattentiveness.
Josh Flynn January 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I agree with you, Rose. The city has done a good job about disseminating the information about when and how the cameras area operating and people do slow down. My main problem with it is the extent to which people slow down. When traveling south on 197 approaching the camera near Rockledge Elementary, people slam on the breaks, slowing down to a ridiculously unreasonable speed, even far after the cameras have been removed for the night. Then, most people speed back up to going at least 10 over the speed limit anyway. Having a few around school zones seems reasonable, but the number of cameras in Bowie is getting a bit out of hand. They can't replace the effectiveness of officers doing speed traps in random spots with fixed cameras that drivers adapt to.
Sharp Shooter January 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I think they'd have to put a series of cameras up on Rustic Hill, from the Montessori school to 197, to really get that under control. Sometimes I get the feeling that folks feel they have purchased the right to speed and/or tailgate on Rustic Hill after forking over $7k+/year (if I'm not mistaken!) for tuition.
Darius January 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I think you may want to check your facts involving the requirement that the cameras operate year-round regardless of whether schools are open or not. The only section of Maryland Law I could find that references the operating times for speed cameras in school zones is Section 21-809 Subsection b Subsection 1 Paragraph viii, which reads "A speed monitoring system in a school zone may operate only Monday through Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. " Nothing mandates that they must operate during any particular time, only when they may be operated.
Susan Jenkins (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Thanks for the correction, Darius. The article has been amended. Within the limits mandated by the state, each jurisdiction or municipality may set the time periods for enforcement.
Jim Sharbaugh January 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Do the cameras only work when the lights that are situated before the cameras are flashing ?
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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