Even if a Work Zone is Empty, the Speed Cameras are There for a ReasonAuthor/Presenter: Thomson, Robert
There have been an increased number of uses of photo enforcement in Maryland work zones. Helene Schlossberg, a Maryland native, was recently ticketed for travelling over the speed limit in a work zone with no workers and no activities going on. Her concern is one all drivers in her situation may feel, but is it justifiable? Should Maryland cameras trigger tickets in inactive work zones? Dr. Gridlock has an answer to these questions. In order for the cameras to trigger tickets in work zones, motorists must be travelling at least 12 mph over the posted speed limit. In many work zones where the posted speed is 65 mph, drivers would have to be travelling in excess of 76 mph to receive a ticket. Dr. Gridlock also feels the majority of work zones are always active because they are hazardous due to the fact that the normal traffic alignment is disrupted. Any normal disruption of traffic warrants a work zone. Even though workers may not be present, motorists still need to obey the posted signs and speed limits in order to prevent work zone injuries.