Speed camera

This new speed camera was installed in the 400 block of South Rolling Road in Catonsville. (Martin Haggerty, Patuxent Publishing / April 24, 2012)

Within days of the destruction of a speed camera in the 400 block of South Rolling Road, a new one had taken its place.

It is not clear when exactly the new camera was installed, however.

Baltimore County police said Tuesday that a camera had been installed at that location Monday afternoon to replace one destroyed after a vandal set fire to it during the early morning hours of April 20.

But Martin Haggerty, who lives across the street from the site of the camera, said he spoke with a worker from ACS State & Local Solutions on Tuesday, April 24, who said he had installed the camera after 9 a.m. that day.


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Haggerty also said an accident occurred on the street earlier that morning and police confirmed that a three-car accident was reported between the 300 and 500 blocks of South Rolling Road before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Police called the accident minor and said a woman was taken to Saint Agnes Hospital with minor injuries.

Haggerty said he has witnessed several accidents on the busy Catonsville road and has been vocal in his support of having a speed camera installed along South Rolling Road.

A resident of the 400 block of South Rolling Road, Haggerty said he had only been asleep for a few hours when his wife, Erin, woke him Friday morning with news of the blaze in the early morning hours of April 20.

Haggerty said he smelled smoke and could see flames shooting 6 to 10 feet into the air in the area from the spot where Baltimore County police had installed the speed camera a week earlier.

"It was going off like it was a Christmas tree," Haggerty said.

Engine 41 from the Catonsville Fire Station arrived at the scene after receiving a 911 call at around 1:40 a.m. and extinguished the fire, according to a release from Baltimore County Public Safety.

Police investigators arrived on the scene after firefighters and classified the fire as a first-degree malicious burning, the release stated.

The term "arson" is only applied to the intentional burning of structures.

Baltimore County police continue to investigate the speed camera fire, which caused $13,000 worth of damage. Police have no suspects, the release stated.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Susan Hunt asked anyone with information about the destruction of the camera to call the Fire Investigation Division at 410-887-4870.

Fire after move to new site

The damage to the camera came a week after police had moved it from the 500 block of South Rolling Road, near Catonsville High School, to the location near the intersection of South Rolling and Brook roads.

Police had planned to alternate the camera between the two locations.

Both sites are located between Hillcrest Elementary School on Frederick Road and Catonsville High School on Bloomsbury Avenue.

County law requires speed cameras to be placed in school zones.