One of the five work zone speed cameras scattered throughout the Baltimore area caught more drivers speeding during the past year than the four others combined.
A speed camera on northbound Interstate 95 in a work zone north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel generated 142,478 citations between May 2017 and July 2018, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
The camera accounted for more speeding tickets than the area’s four other work zone speed cameras — on I-95 south, U.S. Route 50, I-695 and Route 32 — combined, AAA found.
Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by 12 miles per hour or more receive $40 fines from work zone speed cameras, which can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There are 15 active work zone cameras operating in Maryland that aim to reduce drivers’ speed and improve the safety of road construction areas, according to AAA.
The state rotates the mobile cameras, which are mounted on vehicles, among active work zones.
In the Baltimore area, the other work zone cameras, in descending order of issued tickets, include:
- Southbound I-95 south of the Eastern Avenue exit, 80,067 tickets between May 2017 and July 2018, though the camera was inactive in February;
- Eastbound U.S. Route 50 at the Severn River Bridge, 43,133 tickets between October 2017 and July 2018;
- Southbound I-695 south of Route 40, 17,288 tickets from January 2017 to July 2018;
- Southbound Route 32 at mile marker 10.8, 1,062 tickets between March and July.
AAA analyzed state data to identify the busiest work zone camera.
The auto club pointed out that the number of cars issued automated work zone speeding tickets by that northbound I-95 camera represented a tiny fraction of the vehicles passing through the McHenry Tunnel. In 2017, the camera issued 76,722 tickets in its eight months of operation, while 45.3 million vehicles passed through the tunnel, AAA said.