Here's a document issued by the State Highway Administration (SHA) titled:
Guidelines For Automated Speed Enforcement Systems In School Zones Revised January 2011
In the document's "Introduction" it states:
This document contains guidance for ASE systems in school zones, focusing on site identification and selection; requirements for materials, design, and installation; and, key program components. Local jurisdictions must adhere to these guidelines for ASE systems that provide enforcement on Maryland
State Highway Administration (SHA) highways. Requirements for applying to the SHA for approval of an ASE system that provides enforcement on a State highway are outlined in Section V and Attachment C. For additional information on establishing and signing a school zone along a State highway, refer to
SHA’s “Guidelines for Establishing and Signing School Zones along State Highways.”
All local jurisdictions are encouraged to adopt these guidelines for application on their own roads to improve the consistency and credibility of ASE programs statewide. Maryland law, which allows the use of ASE systems in designated school zones, contains additional standards and procedures regarding ASE systems.
Pages numbered 2 through 5 contain guidelines for the placement of the speed camera equipment and for determining valid "School Zones" within a "School Area".
Baltimore City blatantly disregards a number of these guidelines issued by the state that are intended "to improve the consistency and credibility of ASE programs statewide."
"Sites should not be established near traffic signals, stop signs, yield signs or freeway ramps."
I believe Baltimore City authorized all or nearly all of its existing red light cameras (traffic signals) to be modified to also operate as speed cameras.
"School zones do not automatically exist around schools nor are they created simply by the installation of School Advance or School Crosswalk Warning Signs."
The "school area" is the area within a 1/2 mile radius of the school. "However, not every road segment within a ½ mile radius of a school should be a school zone." Evidently, Baltimore City believes that a speed camera can be placed anywhere within a 1/2 mile radius of any school.
"Except in unusual circumstances and as justified by a traffic engineering study, a school zone adjacent to a school should not exceed 500 feet approaching or beyond the school or the school activity."
There is a school zone on Orleans Street designated for William Paca Elementary (Orleans & Lakewood). The speed camera for that school zone is for east bound traffic but it is located at the next traffic signal (Orleans & Linwood) that is about 800 feet beyond the school.
The Mayor was on the 10 o'clock news tonight and made a statement to the effect that the speed camera errors were acceptable if the speed cameras save the life of even one child ("it's for the children"). That speed camera on Orleans street for that school zone will not provide any protection for the lives of children at William Paca Elementary School.
The lying politicians won't admit that this is nothing other than a scam to collect revenue.