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Speed-Ticketing Cameras Going Up On The Beltway

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57 percent of people in D.C. that chose to fight speeding or red light camera tickets in 2010 had their cases dismissed.

Maryland's State Highway Administration is warning motorists that it will begin using automated cameras to target speeders on a portion of the Beltway.

Beginning August 23rd, drivers going 12 or more miles above the speed limit on a stretch of the beltway in Prince George's County will receive tickets. The cameras will monitor southbound I-95 and 495 from Darcy Road to Branch Avenue as part of a $3.8 million resurfacing project.

Lora Rakowski, a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration, says the cameras are installed with two goals in mind.

"The purpose is to protect our workers who are working inches away from traffic, often protected only by a cone or a barrel, and a vest and a construction hat," says Rakowski. "As well as the motorists who are traveling through these work zones."

The cameras will be removed when the resurfacing project is completed. That's expected by late fall.

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