Speedy drivers have paid more than $2.1 million to Gaithersburg’s city coffers this fiscal year after getting caught by speed cameras within city limits.
According to the city’s finance office, $2,103,463 has been collected so far this fiscal year from drivers who were caught by speed cameras. This amount is $1.3 million more than the city budgeted in total photo radar revenue for the fiscal year.
That compares to $1,831,491 in revenue collected from the cameras in fiscal year 2010. The fiscal year ends July 1.
The city pays $16.50 on each violation collected to the Affiliated Computer Services Inc., the company that installs and owns the cameras. Citations are each $40 and do not carry any points against a driver’s license.
Speeders are getting caught by either mobile camera units, fixed pole speed cameras or the newest can cameras, which look much like generator boxes but are small, mobile units.
A new can camera, or portable speed camera box, was placed in January at Quince Orchard Road and Route 28, replacing a mobile unit that was too large for that location, according to Gaithersburg Police Spokesman Officer Dan Lane.
Information from the can camera alone has been used to issue 4,134 citations from January to March of this year.
The information is downloaded a couple times a week and the cameras are calibrated daily. Officers review the alleged violations and only issue citations in the cases when the violations clearly show the tag number of the car, the tag matches the registration number and the picture is clear, according to Lane.
Of the 189,785 vehicles that traveled through the speed cameras and set them off from January 2010 to March 2011, 105,148 were actually issued citations, according to police data. The threshold for speeding is 12 miles over the posted speed limit, Lane said. Those issued citations were confirmed as speeding, and the registered owner matched the violating vehicle.
The speed camera laws for the state contain a requirement that the photos are reviewed by a sworn police officer to ensure that the vehicles tag is clear, the violation that the vehicle is charged with is clear, and the tag matches the vehicle. The registered owner will then receive a violation in the mail from the police that includes a photo. If the owner was not driving the vehicle at the time of the citation, there is a form they can fill out to transfer responsibility to the person who was driving.
The following is a list of locations identified for speed camera use in the city of Gaithersburg. South Frederick Avenue:
North Summit Avenue
Quince Orchard Blvd.
Quince Orchard Road
Watkins Mill Road
West Deer Park Road
Additional sites will be added in the future, according to the Gaithersburg Police website.