[Brochin] presented 2010 data from the State Highway Administration’s speed camera project “MarylandSafeZone,” that noted how, on the beltway in Baltimore County over the period from July to December, workers were deployed 131 times — but speed cameras were deployed 437 times when the workers were not present.More here from Bryan Sears at the Timonium Patch:
According to data, the number of citations issued when workers were present was 62,161, but 167,281 citations were issued when workers were not present. In the work zones, the highway speed limit is lowered from 55 to 50 mph.
Brochin said Monday that using the cameras even though workers are not on location diminishes the argument that the devices are being used to improve safety.
"It's about revenue generation," Brochin said of the off-hour use.