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Maryland's construction zone speed cameras generated tickets worth nearly $19 million during 2011, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The Maryland SafeZones program, in its third year, generated almost 474,000 citations to motorists going at least 12 miles per hour over the speed limit, the auto club said in a statement Friday.

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Almost half of the tickets issued under the program were sent out last year. Since its inception in 2009, about 954,000 tickets have been issued under the program, according to AAA.

Cameras in Baltimore County along Interstate 95, between Interstates 695 and 895, produced about 236,000 tickets last year, the group said.

The club is lobbying the state legislature to extend the 21-day warning period — when fee-free speeding notices are issued — to 30 days, the statement said.

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