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2 speed cameras on Beltway issue 75,000 tickets in 6 months

2 speed cameras on Beltway issue 75,000 tickets in 6 months (ABC7)

One-by-one, the speed cameras flash on Interstate 495 at the Suitland Road bridge in Prince George's County.

The target—speeding drivers in the work zone. The fine is $40.

Beltway speed cameras went live at the end of July 2017. AAA Mid-Atlantic says by December of that same year, 75,000 people were hit with tickets, but drivers seem to have learned their lesson.

In July, the northbound camera at Suitland Road bridge had ticketed 12,000 drivers, by December the number dropped to 5,200.

The cameras are part of Maryland's Safe Zone program. AAA says in the last five years, 34 people have been killed in work zones. Prince George's County is among the worst areas in the state for crashes.

The state says once speed cameras go up in work zones, crashes typically drop by 90 percent.

AAA says the state has brought in $115 million since the Safe Zone camera program began back in 2010.


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