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Catonsville speed camera gets a new home

Drivers accustomed to tapping their brakes to avoid a ticket from the speed camera near the 500 block of South Rolling Road may be in for a surprise this week.

According to Del. James Malone, who represents District 12A, which includes Catonsville, the South Rolling Road speed camera will debut at its new location a half mile north of its original site Friday morning.

The new camera will be set up at various locations in the future, including its original sites near Catonsville High School and its new sites on a piece of state-owned land near the intersection of South Rolling and Brook roads, Malone said Thursday.

"I don't know if it'll be every day, every week," Malone said of how often it will change.

"Honestly, I don't want anybody to know so that we all slow down along that area," he said.

"They'll know tomorrow, but after that they won't know where it's going to be," Malone said.

The camera is positioned about .7 mile from Hillcrest Elementary School on Frederick Road and .5 mile from Catonsville High School on Bloomsbury Avenue near the intersection with South Rolling Road.

Malone called the project a collaborative effort between the state, Baltimore County and area residents.

Within the first 30 days of the camera being set up on Oct. 3, it recorded 2,486 instances of drivers exceeding 30-mile-per-hour limit by 12 miles per hour or more.

That location did not satisfy some residents along the busy street, however.

Martin Haggerty, a resident of the 400 block of South Rolling Road, said he was not happy that the speed camera had been placed so close to the high school because he felt traffic slows naturally due to two traffic signals along the stretch.

In addition to the signal at Bloomsbury and South Rolling, there is also another signal a block away at Valley and South Rolling roads, where there is an entrance to the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Malone said Haggerty and his wife, Erin, worked closely with the county and state legislators to have the camera moved to other locations along South Rolling Road.

In addition to entrances to the high school, community college and Catonsville Family Y, the busy Catonsville street is also a popular route for commuters to access Interstate-95.

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