With Calvert County schools getting ready to open next month, it is a good time to review the traffic cameras in school zones in Calvert County. For the moment, the traffic cameras are at Chaneyville Rd for Northern High School, W. Mt. Harmony Rd. for Mt. Harmony Elementary, Boyd’s Turn for Windy Hill, and Dares Beach Road for Calvert Country School. Beach Elementary School traffic camera is owned by the Town of Chesapeake Beach.
The net revenue from the speed cameras during Fiscal Year 2018 $565,660.23.
The fine for violating the posted speed limit is $40.00 for each violation. Violators traveling 12 miles over the posted speed limit will activate the speed camera which will result in a violation notice being issued via the US Mail. All violators may pay the fine or request a court date to contest violation notices. During the implementation of the County’s program, which began on July 18, 2016, there was a 30-day period where only warnings were issued. After that period, fines were issued to violators. Photo violations do not result in points and cannot be used to increase a person’s insurance rates. Operation of school zone cameras is restricted to Monday through Friday, from 6 am to 8 pm.
Cameras are moved around from time to time and may be located at Huntingtown Elementary, Northern High School, Mt. Harmony Elementary School, Windy Hill Elementary School, Calvert Country School, Plum Point Elementary School, Mutual Elementary School, Mill Creek Middle School, and Cardinal Hickey Academy.
Speed Monitoring Systems Reform Act of 2014: Senate Bill 350, Speed Monitoring Systems Reform Act of 2014, which became effective June 1, 2014, stipulates “A local jurisdiction that authorizes a program of speed monitoring systems shall designate an official or employee to investigate and respond to questions or concerns about the local jurisdiction’s speed monitoring system program.”
Calvert County has designated Ms. Frances Lopez as the ombudsman. Ombudsman is defined as “a government official who hears and investigates complaints by private citizens.” Ms. Lopez can be contacted via email or by mail at: Frances.Lopez@calvertcountymd.gov or Ms. Frances Lopez 30 Church Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678.
If you have any questions, you may access our Frequently Asked Questions tab, or click on this link: http://www.co.cal.md.us/DocumentCenter/View/14240. If you do not find the answer to your question(s) you may contact Ms. Julia Murphy, Automated Enforcement Program Administrator, at 410-535-1600 x 2540.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon