I-95's speed camera catches 200,000 plus

In this March 8, 2011 photo, the speed camera system operated by the town of Ridgeland, S.C., is deployed beside Interstate 95 in the town limits.

Over and over again, a mobile speed camera on I-95 catches speeders and generates way more tickets than any other Maryland State Highway Administration speed camera.

That camera, which sits in the I-95 work zone between I-695 and I-895 in Baltimore, has written 204,779 thousand tickets from November 2009 to March 31st, 2011. The bulk of the tickets came between September 10 and the end of March 2011.

Refrigeration mechanic George Kean knows that the camera very well. He drives past it daily.

“They are annoying, especially when you get a call from your boss saying why'd you get hit here, why'd (you get) hit there,” he said.

It’s easy to see why this camera writes so many tickets. There are three open lanes of black top and very few people are doing 55 mph. In the first three months of 2011, it issued 56,931 tickets (same time period last year was 2,372) after writing 143,755 for all of 2010. The camera is on pace to write more than 225,000 tickets this year.

Officials said the speed cameras are well-marked, come after multiple warning signs, only ticket drivers doing 12 miles over the speed limit and are installed to slow down traffic near work zones.

“We've seen a decrease in people going 10 or more miles over the speed limit,” said Valerie Burnette Edgar, spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.

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Workers in the construction zone said the camer4as do make a difference.

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“Before they had the speed cameras, cars blow by you at 75, 85 miles per hour, sometimes they blow your construction hat off,” said Harvey Vaughan, a construction worker. “Since the cars with the cameras been out there you've seen a significant drop in speed.”