HARFORD COUNTY, Md. — No one wants to open their mail and find a speeding ticket.
Starting on Monday if you’re speeding in a construction zone I-95 in Harford County it won’t take flashing lights for you to earn an expensive letter in the mail.
The construction is between MD 152 (Mountain Road) and MD 24 and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has speed trailers set up already that let you know what your speed is and several signs leading up to where the cameras are to let you know they are coming.
It’s still a 65 mile an hour zone and you need to be going 12 or more miles over to get the ticket.
The Department of Transportation is spending $21 million for improvements to I-95.
Last year 11 people including two highway workers were killed in work zone crashes in Maryland.
“You hear so often because somebody is speeding through a construction zone of somebody getting hurt and or killed,” said Diana Tyssedal.
The State Highway Administration said since these photo enforced speed zones started being used in 2010 the amount of people who speed through work zones has dropped from 7 to 1 percent.
“I think it will make it safer if people out there know that they are there or if they don’t know they are there and they get fined through the mail or whatever they will learn oh we gotta slow down,” Tyssedal said.
A reminder most people don’t want to see in the form of a $40 fine without getting pulled over.
“I don’t think it’s fair them to just send you a ticket like that,” said Zina Smith. “What if you’re in an emergency situation? They don’t know that.”
An extra set of eyes on you as you pass by, looking out for the people working to make the roads better.
“A lot of people work on the side of the road so if they have to bring the speed down to make sure they are good I don’t have a problem with it,” said Tyrone Burgess.
Tickets won’t start getting sent out until October 14 so people have time to see the warning signs that are up. The construction is expected to be done in Winter 2021.