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Goal

The goals of the program are to encourage a change in driver behavior and to increase driver awareness of the impacts of speed-related crashes in work zones. The purpose of the Maryland SafeZones program is to not only safeguard workers, but to also protect the drivers and passengers traveling through construction zones.

In work zones where deployed, automated speed enforcement has been tremendously effective in slowing traffic down, evidenced by the drop in the percentage of citations issued at these work zones.

Program History

On October 1, 2009, Transportation Article ยง 21-810 became effective. This law allows the use of cameras to fine drivers exceeding speeding by 12 mph or more in work zones along controlled access roadways with a 45 mph or higher speed limit. The civil fine is $40 and no points are assessed against your driver's license.

On October 1, 2009, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and the Maryland State Police (MSP) launched a pilot automated speed enforcement program.

At the onset of the pilot program, warnings were issued for a 45-day period (October 1 through November 15, 2009) to increase awareness of the program.

The pilot program concluded on May 31, 2010.

Current Program Facts

The long-term Maryland SafeZones program began on July 1, 2010.

Speed enforcement through the Maryland SafeZones program is conducted with laser technology and cameras mounted on mobile sport utility vehicles, which display the program logo. All citations are verified by MSP or MdTA Police, depending on the location of the work zone.

Maryland SafeZones mobile enforcement vehicles rotate among eligible work zones throughout the State. To see the locations of current SafeZones locations, click here. As new eligible projects begin, other work zones will be added to the program.

Currently, the Maryland SafeZones program issues warnings for a three (3) week period at new long-term work zones. After the three (3) week period, citations are issued. For short-term projects, such as paving projects, warnings are not issued; three (3) weeks of signage provides notice for drivers.

Advanced signage alerts drivers of the posted speed limit and that there may be automated speed enforcement in the work zone. Additionally, a display trailer posts the speed limit and provides a digital reading of approaching vehicle speeds in advance of the enforcement vehicle. The intent of the trailer is to prompt drivers to check their speedometers so that they can reduce their vehicle speed if necessary.

 

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