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Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Speed Camera Installed at WhiteOakMiddle School to Calm Traffic

To promote pedestrian safety as local children started school, County Executive Leggett announced the installation of new speed cameras at the White Oak Middle School, where speeding has been a chronic problem. Over a seven-day period, Police clocked nearly 6,000 vehicles traveling more than 60 miles an hour on New Hampshire Avenue near the school. The posted speed limit is 40 miles per hour.  
Speed cameras are successfully slowing traffic in neighborhoods and near schools. For more information on the cameras, including their locations, visit the Montgomery County Police Department’s website.  
For information on MCDOT's Safe Routes to School program, visit the County’s pedestrian safety website.
CATEGORIES: safespeed
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Leggett Promotes Back-to-School Pedestrian Safety:

Announces Installation of New Permanent Speed Camera at White Oak Middle School
To promote pedestrian safety before school began for nearly 142,000 local children on Monday, August 30, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced the installation of a new permanent speed camera at White Oak Middle School. This is the County’s 61st speed camera and the first new permanent one to be installed since 2009.   White Oak Middle School was selected because traditional enforcement practices have not been successful in slowing traffic and reducing collisions at this location. Police also announced that they will be enhancing traffic enforcement activities in school zones during the first few weeks of school.
For decades, Police have combated persistent speeding on New Hampshire Avenue near the school, an area that  has a history of serious personal injury collisions. However, they have been unable to change driver behavior using traditional traffic enforcement methods.    The new speed camera is expected to help reduce speeds not only near White Oak Middle School, but to have an impact at St Johns Catholic School, Jackson Road Elementary, the Martin Luther King Recreational Park and Swim Center and Springbrook High School, all of which are located within three-quarters of a mile of the camera.
First installed in Montgomery County in 2007, permanent speed cameras have proven to be a deterrent to unsafe driving by reducing speeding. Montgomery County also uses mobile and portable cameras in residential areas and school zones with speed limits of 35 mph or less. All locations are marked with “Photo Enforced” signs. A list of the speed enforcement areas is available on the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/safespeed.    
CATEGORIES: safespeed , pedestrian safety
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

County Executive Leggett Comments on Office of Legislative Oversight’s Speed Camera Study

Responding to the Office of Legislative Oversight’s (OLO) report on speed cameras, the County Executive stated, “The report confirms what we have been saying all along about speed cameras – slowing traffic down reduces collisions and makes our roads safer for both drivers and pedestrians.

“OLO found that, in the first year, collisions near speed camera sites declined by 28 percent and the percentage of vehicles traveling at or below the speed limit increased by about 20 percent. What is even more compelling is that serious collisions involving an injury or fatality declined by 39 percent.”

Leggett said that speed cameras curb aggressive driving and are an important tool in the County’s efforts to improve traffic safety and protect pedestrians.

Link to the entire report (pdf)
POSTED: 11:03:00 AM |
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