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Notice of New Speed Monitoring System
In a continuing effort to reduce the number of speeding vehicles in City of Rockville neighborhoods the Rockville City Police Department will begin deployment of a speed monitoring system in the 500 block of N. Horners Lane. Both portable cameras and mobile vans will be used. They will begin monitoring the new location on or about July 10, 2015 While the system will be fully functional, citations will not be issued during July. Beginning Aug 3, citations will be issued for vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by 12 mph or more.

Please contact Major Michael W. England of the Rockville City Police Department at .

2013-2014 Rockville City Police Safe Speed Program Evaluation

The Rockville City Police Department has been successfully operating a speed camera program in school and residential zones since 2007. Our program was designed with the ultimate goal of saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing speeding on residential and school zone roadways. This report concludes that our program has continued to be as successful as previous evaluation reports (2009 and 2011). Research shows that the number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit in our photo enforcement zones, by at least 12 mph has been reduced by approximately 50 percent. The number of collisions occurring on these roadways has decreased by 35 percent since the program’s inception in 2007. Drivers are changing their behaviors and roads around our neighborhoods and schools are safer.

Through the Safe Speed Program 39,091 speed citations were issued to vehicle owners in 2013 and 33,925 speed citations were issued in 2014. This is a decrease of 28 percent when compared to the evaluation report of 2011.

Over the years, the program has self-funded and also provided a revenue stream to the City of Rockville with monies earmarked for school, traffic, and pedestrian safety projects.

This evaluation addresses all the reporting requirements of our speed camera program. I am confident that you will agree that the speed camera program in the City of Rockville continues to be effective, efficient, fair, and a true benefit to the safety of all.

View the evaluation.

Legalizing Speed Cameras
In January 2006, the Maryland General Assembly authorized the use of speed monitoring systems throughout Montgomery County as a pilot program. The state legislation authorized the use of photo-radar speed monitoring systems on residential streets and in school zones, where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.

Violations could be issued if the vehicle speed exceeded the posted limit by more than 10 mph. The county was required to collect the fees for all citations that were issued by any Safe Speed Program operated in the county; the revenues from the citations were then remitted back to the municipalities that operated the program.

Updating Camera Laws
During the 2009 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the State Senate, at the request of Gov. Martin O'Malley, introduced Senate Bill 277 to authorize the statewide use of speed cameras in school zones and highway work zones. The General Assembly approved Senate Bill 277 in April 2009. The Governor signed Senate Bill 277 into law as Chapter 500 of the 2009 Laws of Maryland in May 2009. The law had an effective date of Oct. 1, 2009.

The table below provides an overview and summarizes the major differences between the 2006 and 2009 State speed camera laws.

2006 Law 2009 Law
Authority to use speed cameras Montgomery County only Statewide