AAA reveals data on speed cameras along the Capital Beltway in Maryland

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. -- AAA Mid-Atlantic is raising concern over the number of drivers continuing to speed through work zones along the Capital Beltway in Maryland.

It counts just two cameras along the loop but 124,477 motorists ticketed for driving too fast in the Suitland Road Bridge work zone in Prince George's County from July 2017 to this past July.

“In Maryland, most work zone crashes across the state occur in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and the Baltimore metro area,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public & Government Affairs. “Currently, there are 15 active work zone speed camera locations in Maryland. SafeZones ASE units have captured photographic proof of 495,222 motorists speeding in work zones with ongoing activity and slowed down more than a few. Those speedy drivers incurred $19.9 million in work zone photo-radar ticket fines. The state of Maryland deploys ‘Automated Speed Enforcement’ (ASE) mobile units in work zones to modify driver behavior or save the lives and limbs of highway workers and motorists, including yours.”

Focusing its attention on Prince George's County, this is how the statistics on those cameras break down:

Maryland SafeZones Speed Camera Citations on the Capital Beltway July 2017-July 2018
 July-December 2017
 January-July 2018
 Total
 NB-495 @ Suitland Rd Bridge,  Prince George's County
 50,152
 27,949
 78,101
 SB I-495 @ Suitland Rd Bridge,  Prince George's County
 28,666
 17,710
 46,376

Even though AAA counts 341 drivers ticketed on the Beltway every day it admits that according to information recorded by the state of Maryland highway fatalities in work zones across the state are down.

 

“Between 2010 and 2016, work zone fatalities averaged 6.6 per year in Maryland, a reduction of about 45% from the seven-year average of 11.9 fatalities per year from 2003 through 2009,” explains the Department of Legislative Services. “On average, more than 700 people nationwide lose their lives annually in work zone crashes,” cautions the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Still, you can't deny that the speed cameras help bring in a lot of money for the state.

Revenue Generated By Maryland Work Zone Speed Control Systems
 Fiscal Year 2013
 Fiscal Year 2014
 Fiscal Year 2015
 Fiscal Year 2016
 Total Revenues
 $16.4 million
 $14.9 million
 $13.3 million
 $9.1 million
 $53.7 million

In the one year since construction began in earnest along the Beltway AAA says the Prince George's County cameras generated $1,855,040 in traffic fines.