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AAA Faces Uphill Battle For College Park Speed Camera's Removal

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The speed camera AAA is fighting in College Park is about 200 feet from the a change in the posted speed limit from 30 to 40 mph. That sign  for the new limit is located behind the second telephone pole, in the background.
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The speed camera AAA is fighting in College Park is about 200 feet from the a change in the posted speed limit from 30 to 40 mph. That sign for the new limit is located behind the second telephone pole, in the background.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.

The newest camera to draw AAA's ire is located along Metzerott Road just north of the University of Maryland. There is no construction on the road, and it does not have any classroom buildings located on it, meaning no students walk along it.

In addition, the road has two different posted speed limits. All three of those factors violate the original intent of the state law that permitted speed cameras, according to AAA spokesman Lon Anderson.

But AAA hasn't had much luck in these fights. The group has long fought the speed cameras along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Village, but they're still up.

"We do not believe that Connecticut Avenue fits the bill of a residential street. It was not what lawmakers envisioned," Anderson says. "They envisioned residential streets, not a major boulevard.

"Chevy Chase Village saw an opportunity to make a lot of money," Anderson continues. "And now they have not one, but two within a couple hundred feet of each other."

AAA did succeed in getting one camera removed in D.C. along New York Avenue NE last year, but it has since been put back up.

The mayor of College Park did not return calls for comment on the Metzerott Road camera.

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