Prince George's Puts a Stop to School Zone Speed Cams
County Exec Plans to Use Mobile Enforcement
Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson has scrapped a plan to put up 100 speed cameras in school zones over the next two years, according to a report in the Gazette.
Johnson described the plan as an “extra” tax on drivers and said it would be unpopular. Instead, police will use a small fleet of camera-equipped vans that can be deployed to school zones as the need arises.
The decision counters a regional trend, especially at a time when local governments are slashing budgets and scheduling furloughs to cope with drastically lower tax revenues.
“I talked to average citizens about it," Johnson told the Gazette
. "They feel it's just a way of taking money out of citizens' pockets."
A number of Montgomery County
drivers might agree. The devices have been used there for a couple of years and have raked in millions of dollars in fines at $40 per violation.