Mayor Craig A. Moe and Acting Police Chief Richard McLaughlin announced the implementation of the City’s automated speed enforcement program. The City is now one of many jurisdictions in the Washington Metropolitan area to use automated speed enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, pedestrian accidents and save lives. The program will provide automated enforcement in residential areas with speed limits of 35 mph or less and school zones no matter what the posted speed limit. Speed cameras provide police with one more tool to protect pedestrians and other motorists by targeting aggressive driving behaviors.
Mayor Craig A. Moe stated, “Safety is always a top priority in the City of Laurel and adding speed cameras will enhance our ability to protect our citizens from aggressive driving behaviors and assist us in enforcing traffic laws.”
The City of Laurel entered into an agreement with the Brekford Corporation to provide and maintain the speed cameras. The speed cameras will be portable and placed in areas where data indicates there are speeding problems and utilized heavily by pedestrians, particularly in areas designated as school zones.
The fine for violating the posted speed limit is $40.00 for each violation. Violators traveling 12 miles over the posted speed limit will activate the speed camera which will result in a violation notice being issued via the US Mail. All violators may pay the fine or request a court date to contest violation notices. During the implementation of the City’s program, which will begin on Monday, November 22, there will be a 30-day period where only warnings will be issued. After that period, fines will be issued to violators.
Acting Police Chief Richard McLaughlin stated, “It is not our intent to just issue tickets, but to make our streets safer.” For more information, please contact Carreen Koubek, Acting Public Information Officer, at 301-725-5300 ext. 2109.
For Immediate Release
November 19, 2010
Contact: James Collins, Public Information Officer
301-725-5300, ext. 244