The number of citations and warnings issued by speed and red light cameras has spiked in Baltimore County after an expansion of both programs.
The number of red light camera citations and warnings more than tripled in the last 12 months, according to the county auditor's office.
In March the county issued 467 red light camera citations and warnings. That represents a 72 percent increase over the previous month and a more than 200 percent increase since April 2011, according to the auditor.
Red light camera violations carry a $75 fine.
The county estimates it will generate nearly $97,000 in net revenues from more than 2,200 paid red light cameras citations in the first year, which runs between February 2012 and January 2013. The program is expected to cost nearly $69,000 in that same period, according to the auditor.
Speed camera citations doubled in September 2011 compared to August 2011.
In September, the county issued 8,761 speed camera citations and warnings compared to 3,999 the previous month, according to the county auditor.
The bulk of the increase is attributed to the use of mobile cameras installed along South Rolling Road last fall. Those cameras have issued 11,658 citations between October and March.
In March, the county issued 6,914 speed camera warnings and citations—about an 18 percent increase over the last 12 months, according to the county auditor.
Speed camera citations are issued when motorists drive through a monitored school zone at more than 12 mph over the speed limit. The cameras are operational between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. even when schools are closed.
The county estimates that the speed camera program will cost slightly less than $1.1 million between February 2012 and January 2013 while generating slightly less than $1.2 million based on an expected 55,440 paid tickets, according to the auditor.
The County Council approved an expansion of the speed camera contract earlier this year.
Under the terms of the contract, ACS State and Local Solutions will help the county expand the county's speed and red light camera programs using mobile cameras.
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