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Catonsville speed camera resulted in 250 citations during first month at new location

Motorists speeding past the speed camera in the first month after it was positioned on the 400 block of South Rolling Road have received citations for about $10,000 in fines, according to Baltimore County police.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said an estimated 250 $40 citations were issued in the first month since it was installed on April 13 at the location.

Citations are sent when a vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by 12 mph or more. The speed limit on that section of South Rolling Road is 30 mph.

On Oct. 3, county police installed a speed camera on the 500 block of South Rolling Road, near the campus of Catonsville High School.

For the first 30 days after the camera's installation, the camera issued warnings instead of tickets. Motorists received 2,486 warnings in that period.

In two weeks after that warning period, from Nov. 3-14, the camera issued 991 citations.

State and county elected officials worked with police to add the location on the 400 block after area residents complained that its location between traffic signals on the 500 block wasn't the most effective place.

A week after police installed the camera on the 400 block, a vandal torched and destroyed it.

Police had a replacement camera installed three days later.

Police returned the speed camera to the 500 block on May 14.

Armacost wrote in an email that police do not "project or estimate how many citations a speed camera will issue" before it is installed.

The camera will alternate between its location on the 400 block and two sites on the 500 block.

There are 17 speed cameras in operation in school zones around Baltimore County. The first two, including one near Arbutus Elementary School, were activated Feb. 22, 2010.

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