Ask a Cop: Pedestrians in Crosswalks, Installing Speed Cameras
Montgomery County Police Department Capt. Paul Starks answers questions submitted by Patch readers.
This week, Capt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department answered questions from Patch readers about speed camera installations, court fines and cops and photography.
Reader question: Since speed cameras are operated by a private company for its own and for the county's profit, can a private person or homeowner put one in the neighborhood?
Reader question: Do we have to bid to get a speed camera?
Reader question: If it's about safety, as we hear so often, why not [put a speed camera] where speeding is occurring?
Starks: We do that.
Reader question: How about canvassing neighborhoods to find out if one is necessary?
Starks: That is not a part of the process or the law. To learn more about the Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit, please visit the Montgomery County Police Department's website.
Reader question: I know you have to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, but what about people still standing on the curb who might be crossing? Sometimes it's hard to tell if they are ready to cross.
Starks: You don’t have to [stop] but you should proceed cautiously to be safe and courteous.
Reader question: Does a moving violation ticket (e.g. speeding, passing where prohibited, etc.) include a court fee in addition to the fine for the violation? If so, can the court fee dramatically exceed the amount of the fine? Lastly, if one is admitting the infraction and paying the ticket, is there any break on the court fee because no further proceeding is necessary? This comes from an experience in another state and I am trying to get a reality check.
Starks: The courts set the fines and fees.
Reader question: What is the county's "official" policy about police officers being photographed by civilians?
Starks: They may be photographed as long as it doesn’t interfere with an officer’s duties.
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