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Howard County Approves Speed Cameras

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The District already has speed cameras, they're also used in Maryland in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties among other jurisdictions. Arlington County in Virginia just installed some last year.

The council in Maryland's Howard County voted in a 4-1 vote Monday to allow up to eight speed cameras to be placed in school zones.

Howard County will start out with only two cameras. While they are designated to be in school zones, a spokesperson for the county says no specific schools have been selected. The cameras are mobile and could be moved based on where the police see a need for them.

Tickets for causing the cameras to flash will cost drivers $40.

The cost is forecast at just under $1 million, and County Executive Ken Ulman's budget proposal now before the council puts expected revenue at $1.2 million.

As the use of speed cameras has expanded in Maryland in recent years, critics have called them an unwarranted form of mass surveillance. But the cameras have been upheld and supporters argue they're an efficient way to improve road safety.

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