Keep your eyes on the road and your foot ready to hit the brakes, in Prince George’s County, Md. In a few weeks, the first of dozens of new speed cameras near schools will debut.
Bowie and other municipalities in the county have had a 90 percent drop in speeders in certain locations.
“We feel with the high amount of schools that we have -- the large number of accidents and fatalities we have in this county -- we need modern technology of these speed enforcement devices,” Prince George’s County Police Maj. Robert Liberati.
Unlike the familiar box cameras, Prince George’s County will use portable cameras they can move depending on need. A total of 72 cameras will be phased in over the next year, with the first few deployed in about two weeks.
There will be a 30-day grace period with warning tickets during the first month cameras go up. Actual tickets will cost $40.
Prince George’s County isn't speculating on the amount of revenue it expects to take in from the program. Officials said they're just looking to change driver behavior.
The Montgomery County Police Department said crashes and fatalities have gone down as a result of their speed cameras. It has sent out more than 1.5 million citations since the program started four years ago.