Baltimore City expected to approve revised speed camera program
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The City of Baltimore is preparing to finalize contracts to relaunch its troubled program for red light and speed cameras.
The program was scrapped four years ago amid constant complaints of poor calibrations of the cameras.
The Baltimore City Board of Estimates is expected to take a final vote Wednesday on two separate contracts for speed and red light cameras.
American Traffic Solutions, Inc., has been chosen to operate the city's speed cameras.
Conduent State and Local Solutions, Inc. has been selected to operate red light cameras.
Drivers captured speeding or driving through a red light will be issued $40 tickets in the mail, but no points will be assessed on their licenses.
City officials say "splitting the award between the two vendors provides assurance that if one vendor fails to perform, we have another vendor under contract ready to provide these services."
There is expected to be a mix of fixed and portable school-zone and work-zone speed cameras.
Aneka Benjamin, a driver in Baltimore City, says she has mixed feelings about the restart of the cameras.
"I honestly believe it’s a way for the city to make money, although we do have drivers who don't obey the limit. I suggest they only be in school areas," said Benjamin.
The revised program is expected to generate around $8 million a year in revenue for the city.
Baltimore City President Jack Young, who also presides over the Board of Estimates, says: "People say it's money-making [speed camera program]. Yes, it makes money, but if you drive respectfully and obey the speed laws and traffic lights, you shouldn't have to worry about that."
One of the biggest changes in the revised program is the new vendors will not be paid a certain amount for each ticket issued.
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry says: "Now we're paying the vendor a flat fee no matter how many incidents it catches."
A third vendor is also expected to be approved to handle the calibration of the red light and speed cameras.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who supports the program, says she expects the red light and speed cameras to be operational in June.