Sykesville introduces speed camera ordinance By Jennifer Jiggetts, Times Staff Writer Tuesday, January 12, 2010

SYKESVILLE — Town officials introduced a speed monitoring system ordinance during Monday night’s council meeting.

Two public hearings on the matter are scheduled for the Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 council meetings.

Sykesville has been considering the cameras since November, when Baltimore-based Traffic Group Inc. conducted a traffic study to see whether the town qualified for the devices.

The study showed about 400 out of 5,000 vehicles traveling faster than the posted speed limit on Obrecht Road.

Police Chief John R. Williams Jr. said most of the speeding occurs when students are going to school at 7 a.m. and when they are coming home from school at 3 p.m.

If Sykesville gets the speed cameras, motorists driving 12 mph over the posted speed limit could be given a civil citation and a $40 fine. Drivers would not get points on their licenses.

The town would be allowed to use 10 percent of the revenue for public safety, while the rest would go to the state.

Mayor Mike Miller said he’s heard mixed opinions about the topic.

“I’ve done a little bit of polling, and I find it 50-50,” Miller said.

Williams said if the town got the speed cameras, the main goal would be to curb drivers from speeding. “The purpose of the devices is to slow traffic down,” Williams said. “We just want a safer environment for … our children.”

Reach staff writer Jennifer Jiggetts at 410-857-7873 or jennifer.