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Slow down! Tickets issued for speeders on the JFX starting Wednesday

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-14 15:38:57-04

BALTIMORE — Slow down on the JFX or you will get a ticket.

If you have gotten away with speeding on JFX and noticed you have only received warnings, that will soon be changing.

At 12:01 a.m. on July 13 the automated speed cameras will start issuing tickets to speeding drivers.

For the last 90 days the cameras have been issuing warnings to drivers going 12 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit on the Jones Falls Expressway.

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Now, those warnings will turn into tickets, costing speeders $40.

“These will be $40 citations,” said Corren Johnson, Chief Engineer and Deputy Director for the Department of Transportation. “Since it is a civil offense, it won't require any points on your license, and so they'll simply just have to pay the fine.”

The Baltimore Department of Transportation said during the first 60 days more than 150,000 warnings were issued.

"In the first 30 days of the warning period, it was about 85,000 warnings," Johnson said. "And then the second 30 days it was about 65,000. So that 20,000 reduction shows we're going in the right direction."

The final 30 day period ended Tuesday and the data on of how many warnings were issued isn't available yet.

“It's a well-needed deterrent,” Baltimore resident Jay Bradley said. “I do believe it because speed can kill.”

The cameras are located near the W. 41st Street ramp north and southbound. For now, that is where they are staying.

"In the warning phase, we saw someone driving 135 miles per hour, it was even higher than that before the warning phase began. And so with the curves with the high speeds, it's not designed to accommodate that," Johnson said. "This is just again, just a goal and just trying to reduce those serious injuries and save lives."

A JFX speed camera ticket will set you back $40 but you won't get any points on your license. The money will go toward operating costs for the automated speed enforcement program and anything beyond that will be used for improvements on I-83.

Some drivers told WMAR-2 News they aren’t thrilled about the possibility of getting fined for speeding on the JFX.

However, others said it would stop some of the dangerous speeding they've seen.

“In my opinion, I think that it's a good thing,” Baltimore resident Khadija Ali said. “Speeders need to slow down. I almost had an incident myself.”