Thursday, August 18, 2011

Prince George’s County Launches Automated Speed Enforcement Program

Prince George’s County, Maryland…Prince George’s County will launch the operation of its Automated Speed Enforcement Program on Monday, August 22, 2011. The program will begin with its first Automated Speed Enforcement camera being placed within a half-mile radius of Issac Gourdine Middle School and Tayac Elementary School in the 8400 – 9000 block(s) of Allentown Road in Fort Washington. The camera will be in operation Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and will cover two opposing directions of travel.

“Our top priority is the safety of our students and those who live and work in Prince George’s County,” said Mark A. Magaw, Chief of Police. “Speeding is a significant public safety issue and the mere presence of the cameras will deter aggressive driving behaviors.”

The Automated Speed Enforcement Program is intended to promote pedestrian safety, while deterring excessive speeding within a half-mile radius around schools designated as School Zones. The program will use speed monitoring systems to photograph speed violations in areas that have been identified with cooperative research through the Department of Public Works and Transportation based on traffic counts, congestion and accident information.

A 30-day warning period will be in effect before official citations are issued to motorists caught speeding. At the end of the warning period, citations will be issued.

Locations of additional cameras – and more information about the program – can be found on or call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.

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