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Prince George’s County Speed Enforcement Program Increases School Zone Safety

By Alpert Schreyer on May 22, 2013

Maryland School Zone SafetyThe purpose of the Prince George’s County Automated Speed Enforcement Program, according to princegeorgescountymd.gov, is to aid in lowering the number of pedestrian accidents near public or private schools or higher education institutions.

The program was started in August of 2011 to increase pedestrian safety within areas near higher education institutions and in school zones.  Automated speed enforcement cameras may be placed within one half mile from property or buildings used by higher education institutions and where pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle traffic is generated by the educational institution.

A school zone area is defined as the area within a half mile radius of a school.  School zones are created by the State Highway Administration and by Prince George’s County.

Automated speed enforcement camera enforcement locations are on the Prince George’s County website.  Locations are also published in a newspaper of record.  Before automated speed enforcement is to begin, signs are put in place to alert motorists and to inform pedestrians and bicyclists that automated enforcement is present to help protect them.

Individual speed violations are generated when a motor vehicle is found to be speeding 12 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit.  A citation including photographs and the speed the vehicle was traveling is then created and verified by a police officer.  The citation is mailed to the vehicle’s owner and explains how to pay the fine of $40.00 or how to ask for a hearing in court.  The fine does not involve points on a motorist’s record.

At the firm of Alpert Schreyer, our lawyers know that technology such as automated speed enforcement cameras help to deter but do not prevent careless behavior on the part of Maryland drivers.  If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another, contact a Bowie pedestrian accident lawyer by calling (866) 444-6363.  We offer a free case evaluation.

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