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The Maryland State Highway Administration is installing speed cameras on a stretch of the Capital Beltway for the next few months while resurfacing work is ongoing.
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The Maryland State Highway Administration is installing speed cameras on a stretch of the Capital Beltway for the next few months while resurfacing work is ongoing.

Drivers going at least 12 miles above the speed limit on a stretch of Southbound I-95 and I-495 in Prince George's County, Maryland will soon receive citations generated by automated cameras. The cameras are part of the state's SafeZones Program designed to improve safety in construction areas.

Lora Rakowski -- a spokeswoman for Maryland's State Highway Administration -- says construction zones are dangerous for workers. Often a cone or a barrel is the only thing standing between them and vehicles rushing by.

But Rakowski says national statistics show workers are not the only ones at risk when there's uneven pavement, lane closures or temporary signs.

"In four out of five work zone related crashes it's the motorists or passenger who is injured - not only our workers," she says.

With a new resurfacing project getting underway between Darcy Road and Branch Avenue, the highway administration is deploying speed cameras to encourage drivers to slow down.

Beginning August 23, drivers going at least 12 mph above the speed limit through the work zone will receive citations. The cameras will be removed once the resurfacing is completed -- which is expected by late fall.

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