School Zone Speed Cams Don't Take Summer Off

Drivers beware!

Some speed cameras in Montgomery County, Md. have drivers all revved up. 

Some speed cameras in Montgomery County, Md., are snapping pictures and issuing tickets in school zones -- even though classes have been out for more than a month.

Every time a speed camera flashes, someone gets $40 speeding ticket in the 25 mph school zone in front of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

Michele Rosen of Silver Spring received a traffic-camera ticket on a recent Saturday. She plans to appeal.

"I know that it's important not to speed and they were trying to find ways to keep people driving responsibly, but I thought I was driving responsibly," she said. 

Rosen believes the reduced speed zone is not well marked.  She questions the need for the lower speed limit when school is not in session.

Montgomery County Police say the speed camera was installed at the request of the surrounding community. An advisory panel made up of citizens from across the county gave it a thumbs up.

But there has been some grumbling about "after hours" use of school zone cameras and some changes are about to happen.

"The laws for speed cameras will change as of October 1," said Lucille Baur, a spokesperson for Montgomery County Police

Baur said the operational hours for speed cams in school zones will be reduced to Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The new hours will be put in place throughout the year, whether or not school is in session.

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