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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.

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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
Location of speed cameras
  • School zones; and
  • Residential districts
  • School zones;
  • Residential districts; (Montgomery County only); and
  • Highway work zones
Hours of operation No restrictions School zone cameras restricted to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
Violation threshold At least 10 mph over posted speed limit At least 12 mph over posted speed limit
Local authorization None required For each new speed monitoring system:
  • Public hearing; and
  • City ordinance or resolution
Use of Revenues
  • Limited to "related public safety purposes"; and
  • "May not supplant existing local expenditures for the same purpose"
Limited to "public safety purposes"
Approvals Authorized agents of the police department (civilians) Duly authorized law enforcement officer (sworn)
Revenue Collection Montgomery County had to collect all fines and fees Each municipality can collect its fines and fees

Local Designee for the 2014 Speed Monitoring System Reform Act

In Fiscal Year 2011, the City's speed camera program began deploying "portable camera units" (PCUs). PCUs contain all the technology and flash unit in one box that can be moved from location to location. They do not require an employee to stay with the unit, and they can be deployed to locations where fixed pole camera units cannot be constructed or where mobile camera units cannot be parked safely.

The ultimate goal of Rockville's traffic safety program is to save lives and prevent injuries. However, there are several other goals and benefits of the Safe Speed Program.

  • Reduce speed in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
  • Change driver behavior through voluntary compliance with traffic laws.
  • Educate the public and increase public awareness.
  • Reduce accident severity and the financial impact on the economy.
  • Augment the efforts of traditional law enforcement.
  • Reduce energy consumption.

The City of Rockville currently has seven fixed pole speed camera locations.

  • 400 blk W. Montgomery Ave. w/b
  • 2100 blk Baltimore Rd. s/b
  • 2200 blk Wooton Pkwy. n/b
  • 2200 blk Wooton Pkwy. s/b
  • 500 blk Redland Blvd. e/b
  • 600 blk Great Falls Rd. n/b
  • 700 blk Twinbrook Pkwy. n/b

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