Hope for Slow Down With Seven Courts Speed Camera

A longtime resident said it's too early to tell how a speed camera will impact Seven Courts traffic.

When Linda Bain bought her home 26 years ago, was a dead-end road.

But as Seven Courts became a major connector to several streets and hundreds of homes, Bain watched traffic escalate, speeds rise and vehicle accidents increase.

"I wanted to live on a public street, but not a busy street," Bain said. "Now, what do you do? It's horrible."

In recent years, at least five vehicles—belonging to herself, family members and friends—have been struck or damaged near her home by speeding or reckless drivers, she said.

When a 68-year-old woman was while trying to cross Seven Courts near Joppa Road in January, Bain said she wasn't surprised.

The traffic conditions compelled her to contact ' office about the potential for traffic calming measures, she said. Marks recently contacted her about the installation of a near , just a stone's throw from her home.

Following some , Baltimore County police on July 13.

The camera will issue only warnings until a full 30 days after activation, but afterward, drivers in the designated school zone who exceed the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive a $40 citation. Based on state law, speed cameras operate year-round, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

"The goal is to have people slow down, especially in the school zone," said Officer Mark Dorsey of the .

He added that if problems with speeding and recklessness through the area persist, residents should call 911 or the Parkville precinct at 410-887-5310.

"We wouldn't set up radar [near the speed camera], but it is possible to set it up in another area of Seven Courts," Dorsey said.

Bain said she hopes the speed camera will improve the way drivers maneuver Seven Courts, but she doesn't expect habits to change immediately.

"Right now, it's so new—it's really hard to say if it will make a difference," she said.

How do you expect the speed camera to impact traffic on Seven Courts? Tell us in the comments.

Other Tim July 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Page 4, today's Baltimore Sun: Headline: "Well, so much for that 10-mph 'cushion'" Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Black says the belief that there is a 10-mph cushion for speeding is a fallacy. The article says "Statewide, 26 percent of all officer-issued speeding citations went to drivers clocked going 1 to 9 mph over the limit, according to the data from the 2011 fiscal year." The article also says the fine is $80 and one driver's license point for going less than 10mph over.
Mike Fisher July 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
The speed cameras had the 12mph leniency, not everywhere. I believe it was 7mph over that was always the "cushion", but I will continue to drive at speeds safe for me and you guys can continue driving 10mph slower than everyone else and put yourself at higher risk for accidents, that's your choice and if you do get into an accident for doing so, all studies done show and prove that it would be all your fault. :)
Mike Fisher July 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Just to clarify, that little smiley face does not mean I *want* anyone to get into accidents, I just want people and laws to continue catching up to the times, that's all. I wish no one in any accidents for any reason, but the studies are done for a reason and that is to show why accidents happen. The studies also prove that speed limit laws are outdated and, in fact, make roads unsafe because they are fighting advancement and common sense. Cops shouldn't be wasting time with this nonsense and if traffic laws more closely matched the speed of the majority of traffic, there would be more cops available to stop real crimes instead of sitting around sipping coffee pointing radar guns around and courts would be freed up to deal with real criminals. That is advancement in law enforcement and making not only the roads safer, but the entire country. We don't have the police manpower to keep up with it all. Change is needed and if the studies and growing speed limit changes around the country are any indication, this much needed change is finally coming. It's about time. People are too slow to change, but that is just part of being human, I guess. We all resist change in some ways, some more than others, but it really is needed and this time, it's sufficiently backed up with numerous studies and countless years of data accumulation. The time is now and it's coming.
Mike Fisher August 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I saw an accident today at the intersection of Harford/Joppa Road. I pulled into the bank parking lot there to check out the scene and apparently, a woman ran a light and T-boned a police car. The woman's car was totaled from front end damage and the police car had moderate side damage from front to back. No one seems to have been seriously injured. While I was there, the woman was on her cell phone the whole time. Could she have been talking on it at the time of the accident? Either way, it seems obvious that she ran a light and hit a police car. Speed related? No, idiot related and possibly even cell phone related. Of all the cars to hit, she hit a police car. How unlucky is that? At any rate, she wasn't in handcuffs or anything, so maybe more information will come out about what happened.
Tim August 03, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I love how its so stealthily installed too. I can BARELY see it.


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