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Maryland's intensive effort to curb speeding in work zones appears to be paying off in more ways than one. A mobile speed camera along the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring has generated more than 21,000 tickets, which translates into $840,000 in fines, according to figures from AAA Mid-Atlantic. And that's just in its first three months of operation.
John Townsend, spokesman for AAA, says the state's work zone speed cameras are having the desired effects of decreasing the number of speeders in highway construction zones and reducing the severity of crashes.
"People are slowing down, drivers are getting the message, and those $40 fines are adding up on that stretch of road alone," Townsend says. Thatstretch of road is between University Blvd and New Hampshire Avenue on I-495.
"This year alone we had over 400,000 speeding citations in work zones in the state of Maryland. That's potentially over $16 million in revenue," Townsend says. The mobile work zone speed camera is the first of its kind to be used on the Beltway.