Baltimore County Police announced this week that five speed cameras, including one on Regester Avenue near Stoneleigh Elementary School, would be activated on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
But some residents, including Stoneleigh parent Juliet Fisher, are concerned that the camera's location — facing west on Regester Avenue just east of the corner of Banbury Road — will not best serve its purpose.
"This is not well thought out," said Fisher, who lobbied for the camera to be put in the area, of its location. "Definitely, the road needs it, but … the speeds are much higher going the other direction, and they're doing nothing to reduce those. We're going to continue to have these high speeds at Copeleigh (Road) where children cross. It's doing nothing to calm the speeding problem on the street. It's frustrating."
In an email to Police Chief Jim Johnson sent on Aug. 4, Fisher said she is glad that Stoneleigh Elementary was chosen for a camera, but noted several drawbacks to the chosen location.
"I appreciate the camera going in, but if it is not able to actually help with the speeding problem, it is a wasted opportunity," Fisher wrote.
In the email, she noted that the cars turning onto Regester from Sherwood Road have not gained speed, and that the location does not help students from Anneslie who cross at Copeleigh Road. She was also unsure of how many students walked from that far east on Regester.
Fisher wrote that the camera could be more successful facing east to catch speeding vehicles off of York Road.
"People are coming from York Road with nothing to stop them," she said.
She called the camera's placement a "missed opportunity" in which the community the police are trying to help was not consulted.
County Police and Fire Spokeswoman Elise Armacost told the Towson Times in an email on Aug. 6 that neighborhood complaints and opinions are just one of the factors that go into camera placement, including "traffic data, traffic engineering requirements, infrastructure, and right-of-way issues."
"Once installed, speed cameras are monitored for their effectiveness in modifying driver behavior," Armacost wrote. "We use this information to help determine whether the camera should remain in its current location."