Montgomery County Plans to Double the Number of Traffic Cameras by 2021

Montgomery County Plans to Double the Number of Traffic Cameras by 2021

Love them or hate them, the number of speed and red light cameras in Montgomery County will double from its 2019 numbers by next year.

Currently there are 51 red light cameras and 325 approved locations between which 39 speed cameras rotate. At this time, the Montgomery County Police Department is selecting locations for new cameras and expects to officially buy them by 2021.

Assistant Chief Tom Didone of the MCPD hopes that these measures will curb reckless driving and prevent accidents. The county typically sees between 35 to 40 fatal crashes every year.

An average of 350,000 to 500,000 automated tickets are given out annually, garnering $100 million in county revenue in the past five years. To those who call it a money grab, Didone says: “Don’t exceed the speed limit by 10 miles and you never have to worry.”

The county can only place traffic cameras in residential areas or school zones with a speed limit of 35 mph or lower, and they must be clearly advertised and marked. Drivers can find the locations of every traffic camera in the county here.

By Alicia Clanton

2 Comments on "Montgomery County Plans to Double the Number of Traffic Cameras by 2021"

  1. I don’t remember voting for this… rather use this funding to help support businesses that are going under because of the covid restrictions.

  2. “clearly marked”? I’ve seen plenty that are not marked at all.

    Besides they are near school zones to protect kids from getting hit by speeding cars. Especially those walking to school. I get that…but right now MCPS has closed all school until February (Wanna bet it becomes September), shouldn’t school zone cameras be turned off when there is no school?

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