Red light, speed cameras likely a reality in Baltimore

Board of Estimates to take final vote Wednesday
Posted at 11:13 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 08:06:58-04

The city of Baltimore tried to use red light and speed cameras a few years ago but they were scrapped because of unwarranted tickets.

"Speeding cameras for sure are something that would be welcome in areas with a lot of kids and a lot of fast traffic," said Northeast resident, Geoff Edlins.

Soon, you'll likely see them throughout the city to promote safety and target speeders.

If everything is approved, cameras could be up and running by June, according to Mayor Catherine Pugh. City leaders and residents say they're a good if enforced properly. 

"We are all for safety especially around our schools, but we want to make sure that were not having a bounty on peoples' heads," said Councilman Brandon Scott. 

Other city leaders say the cameras come with pros and cons.

"That's the pro, help us with our speeding because we don't know what to do to stop it," said Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. "The con, do they work? Are they accurate? Are they fair? And last time around, you couldn't get a yes answer on that."

"I have constituents in my district especially along Walther Avenue who are waiting for a speed camera to come back to their neighborhood because they've seen a significant increase in accidents," Scott said.

Those who live in the city want a safer place for their kids.

"I think it could have the potential to deter speeders I hope that if people know there's going to be repercussions for breaking driving laws that they would think twice," Emily Martin said.

Some still have doubts.

"I don't like the idea of people not being able to easily contest fines," Edlins said.

And although the cameras are a revenue stream for the city, council members say the fines have to be legal

"We cannot afford to rip off our citizens with an inaccurate system," Clarke said.

The Board of Estimates is expected to take a final vote on the two camera contracts Wednesday.