Thursday, August 26, 2010
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