Drivers Beware in Maryland Work Zones

Construction Zone Speeders Caught on Camera, Fined by Mail

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    If you travel more than 12 mph over the posted speed limit in some Md. highway work zones you could get a $40 fine.

    Since a new law took effect in mid-November of last year, almost 8,800 drivers in Maryland – that’s more than 200 per day -- have been caught by mobile speed cameras set up in three major construction zones.

    One is on I-95 north of Baltimore (3,365 citations), another on the Baltimore Beltway near Charles Street (4,790 citations), and the third on I-95 in Prince George’s County at the ICC project site (590 citations).

    The law states that any driver exceeding the construction zone speed limit by more that 12 mph can be fined $40.  That’s more than $350,000 in the first six weeks of the program.

    According to the Baltimore Sun, motorists are warned by signs that say, “Speed Photo Enforced: Work Zone.”

    The paper reports that the cameras -- operated by vendors under contract to the state -- are in two white Jeeps that move among the three construction areas.

    According to a State Highway Administration spokesman, the cameras are calibrated at the beginning and end of every shift.

    SHA spokesman David Buck told the Sun that the goal is to change behavior and “get folks to slow down in our work zones.”