Police Fine Tune Speed Cameras Just in Time for School

Police Fine Tune Speed Cameras Just in Time for School

The Hagerstown Police Department just improved the city's speed cameras two ways before school started this year.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - With kids back in school, Hagerstown Police just fine tuned their extra eyes on drivers: their speed cameras. Police say they've improved the program in two ways; they increased the bench test calibrations from once to twice a year, and run weekly drive tests on the program.

Officer Tim Rossiter just drove 38 miles an hour by the speed camera on Memorial Boulevard, and the test shot clocked him driving at 37 miles an hour.

"I've yet to have a camera that's not correct: it's usually right on the money with what my speedometer says or a mile less. That's usually due to the angle of the radar unit being off the side of the road," said Officer Rossiter, Automated Speed Enforcement Administrator.

Chief Mark Holtzman says they're seeing 80 to 85 percent less speeding in school zones since the program started.

"We've received a lot of positive comments from the public, especially the folks that live in the area of the schools, the crossing guards, have noticed a significant decrease in speeding around the school zones. Our goal is to improve the safety of the school kids walking to school, and we believe this program is doing it," said Chief Holtzman, with the Hagerstown Police Department.

The revenue from the speed camera tickets pay for one police vehicle and Officer Rossiter's salary, who is an administrator for the program and regularly patrols downtown and maintains the program. The Hagerstown Police Department say they are unique in that their automated speed enforcement officer is out in the community, instead of running the program from a desk; and, it seems to be working.

"It seems like they're driving a lot slower, I see it on the streets where the speed cameras are, the traffic seems to be flowing at the actual speed limit or pretty close it, as opposed to what it used to be," said Officer Rossiter.


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