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the American Automobile Association (AAA) wants a speed camera on Metzerott Road removed.
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the American Automobile Association (AAA) wants a speed camera on Metzerott Road removed.

A speed camera in College Park is drawing the ire of The American Automobile Association (AAA) Mid-Atlantic and the camera's neighbors.

The speed cameras that issue tickets to drivers is on Metzerott Road just north of the University of Maryland. The camera is on the roadside between Adelphi Road and University Boulevard. It is one of five in College Park.

Among the long list of reasons AAA wants the camera removed is that there are two different speed limits posted on this part of the road with the higher one starting about 200 feet after passing the speed camera.

"It's 30 miles an hour here, and it's 40 miles per hour right there," said Lon Anderson, AAA spokesman. "That's the kind of thing the state wanted to avoid."

Anderson said the state law allowing for speed cameras targeted work and school zones. There is no construction on this part of Metzerott Road.

"Yes, there is a University of Maryland building here, but there are no students," Anderson said. "There are no pedestrians here to protect, there are no children here to protect. There are no sidewalks here, and even the grass here is not worn. Clearly, This is not a pedestrian pathway."

Mint Basknight lives just off Metzerott Road and says he received a ticket for going 42 mph making a right turn onto Saint Andrews Place. Basknight says it's impossible to go that fast making the sharp 90-degree angle turn with an uphill grade.

"It's very difficult," Basknight said. "I have tried."

He did get some validation when he contested the ticket in court, but it did little to alleviate his concern that the camera is inaccurate.

"The judge said in the first place, no one should pay any ticket unless its 12 miles over the posted speed limit," Basknight said. "And 42 is just 12. And he said it has to be above that."

Calls and emails seeking comment from the Mayor of College Park were not returned.

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