Wednesday, May 15, 2013
After a slew of near-fatal accidents in Bethesda this year, residents are asking officials to take steps to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
There have been 14 pedestrian accidents in Montgomery County since the beginning of 2013, four of which took place in Bethesda, leaving residents concerned about safety. Following a Feb. 27 accident in which a car struck a stroller carrying a 3-month-old baby at the intersection of Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane, a group of Bethesda Elementary parents launched an online petition advocating for increased pedestrian safety measures on the busy street. The petition, which has 228 supporters as of May 6, asks the Montgomery County Council for speed cameras and radar signs on Arlington Road, better and more visible markings of crosswalks and a change to “no turn on red” in areas with high pedestrian traffic near schools. “We, the parents of …
A helpful map of speed cameras, and their types, throughout Montgomery County
Montgomery County has become a beacon for speed cameras. Search through the map below, which details where mobile, fixed and portable speed cameras lie throughout the county, along with which direction they point in. In camera-dense areas, especially, zoom in to track just how many cameras police have at their disposal.
Friday, March 29, 2013
NBC4: Maryland drivers rack up more tickets than DC drivers.
Gas? Check. Oil? Check. GPS? Check. Speeding ticket? Check? Speed cameras seem to be multiplying in the metropolitan Washington area, and while they may be a deterrent to some drivers, others may view the charge for whizzing by one as just another cost of driving. NBC4 reported that, in 2012, Maryland had a much higher rate of repeat offenders ticketed by speed cameras than Washington, DC. “In the Maryland suburbs you’re about twice as likely to get multiple tickets,” David Marker, a senior statistician with the American Statistical Association, told NBC4. “By the time you get up to 5 or 10 tickets, you're 20 times more likely to get multiple tickets in the Maryland suburbs than in DC.” Montgomery County had the highest percentage of …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Members of a House committee hear arguments on a number of bills seeking to limit and, in some cases, eliminate, the use of speed cameras around the state .
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Saturday, March 9
Members of a Maryland House committee hear arguments on a number of bills seeking to limit, and in some cases eliminate, the use of speed cameras around the state.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Catch up on headlines this week from across Montgomery County.
A 130-year-old local grocery chain is closing up shop; a North Potomac resident nicknamed "The Turbanator" advances to the next round of American Idol; and Montgomery County councilmembers pledge to increase police presence in schools. These are just a few of the stories Patch reported this week. Get caught up on top headlines here. Magruder's Closing All Locations GAITHERSBURG—Magruder's is closing all four of its supermarkets, including Montgomery County's Gaithersburg and Rockville locations, but they may re-open under new ownership in the future. Read more on Gaithersburg Patch. Man Guilty of Running Prostitution Ring from Rockville Pike Hotel ROCKVILLE—He’s been dubbed “The Pimp on the Pike.” Now, Nahshon Kornegay, 31, of District …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Montgomery County police have no plans to move a Jones Bridge Road speed camera that, a district court judge ruled, is improperly placed.
The Montgomery County Police Department has no plans to remove a speed camera in the 4300 block of Jones Bridge Road that a district court judge ruled was improperly placed. Officer Rebecca Innocenti told Patch that "there will be no specific changes made to the [speed camera] program" and there are "no plans to remove that camera in the area of Jones Bridge [Road]"—between Wisconsin and Connecticut avenues. The ruling resulted from a court session in which a $40 speeding fine—issued on Sept. 5, 2012, with the help of photos from the camera—was invalidated by District Court Judge John Moffett, according to a police department statement disputing the ruling. The fine was issued to attorney Robin Ficker—who has a law office in Bethesda—and …
Monday, January 14, 2013
A $40 speed camera fine issued on Sept. 5, 2012, was invalidated on Monday by the district court, but the county police department disagrees with the invalidation.
A district court judge has ruled that the speed camera in the 4300 block of Jones Bridge Road in Bethesda (between Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues) was improperly placed, according to the Montgomery County Police Department, which said it disagreed with the ruling. A $40 speed camera fine issued on Sept. 5, 2012, to attorney Robin Ficker—who has a law office in Bethesda—was invalidated Monday by District Court Judge John Moffett, who ruled the camera was placed improperly, according to a police department press release disputing the ruling. According to the Maryland Code, a speed-monitoring system may be placed on a highway in a residential district with a maximum posted speed limit of 35 mph (the speed limit must have been established …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
State Delegate Jon Cardin seeks to root out bogus citations.
A state delegate from Baltimore County says public confidence in speed cameras has deteriorated to the point that a state audit and possible reboot are needed. Del. Jon Cardin said earlier this month that he plans to sponsor a bill calling for an audit of state and local speed camera tickets with an eye on rooting out bogus citations. "Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board," Cardin said. The Baltimore County Democrat said he is in the process of drawing up a bill that would create an audit due to legislators by October 2013. Instances of bogus tickets issued to drivers would result in a $1,000 per incident penalty, though it is not clear if the jurisdiction or the speed camera vendor would be responsible for the fine, Cardin said…
Monday, December 17, 2012
State Delegate Jon Cardin seeks to root out bogus citations.
A state delegate from Baltimore County says public confidence in speed cameras has deteriorated to the point that a state audit and possible reboot are needed. Del. Jon Cardin said Monday he plans to sponsor a bill calling for an audit of state and local speed camera tickets with an eye on rooting out bogus citations. "Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board," Cardin said. The Baltimore County Democrat said he is in the process of drawing up a bill that would create an audit due to legislators by October 2013. Instances of bogus tickets issued to drivers would result in a $1,000 per incident penalty, though it is not clear if the jurisdiction or the speed camera vendor would be responsible for the fine, Cardin said. "I'm not trying…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Chevy Chase Village has ceased charging any fees with its Connecticut Avenue speeding tickets, while the question of whether or not uniform fees should be charged across the state is considered.
A speeding ticket's price tag has two parts: The fine and the fees. The fine of $40 is uniform throughout the state, but the fees (administrative fees, flagging fees, late fees, etc.) have not been uniform, Chevy Chase Village Manager Shana R. Davis-Cook explained to Patch. And, for now, the fees are not being imposed in Chevy Chase Village, where the speed cameras on Connecticut Avenue are notorious for slowing down traffic to exactly 30 mph (the posted speed limit) or less, making clueless speeders easy targets for the cameras. "Currently each jurisdiction sets its own administrative, flagging and/or late fees and the fees vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," Davis-Cook explained in an email to Patch. "Chief Judge for the District …