Montgomery County Leads State in Speed Camera Cash

Montgomery County Leads State in Speed Camera Cash

County brought in $16.6 million from the cameras in fiscal year 2014

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A speed camera on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda

Aaron Kraut

Montgomery County brought in more money from its speed cameras than any jurisdiction in the state in fiscal year 2014.

The county generated $16.6 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, about a $400,000 drop from the previous year.

The county wasn’t alone in seeing revenue from the cameras fall. Total revenue for the 46 other jurisdictions that operate cameras fell from $70 million to $53.8 million.

The statistics were released by the state comptroller’s office.  

Montgomery’s 2014 haul outpaced Prince George’s County at $10.2 million and Baltimore County at $5.1 million, which were second and third, respectively.

Multiple municipalities in Montgomery operate their own speed camera systems, which generated the following amounts of revenue:

  • Chevy Chase Village – $1.3 million
  • Gaithersbug – $2.3 million
  • Rockville – $1.4 million
  • Takoma Park – $1.7 million

The comptroller’s report also includes how much money each jurisdiction spends on the administrative and maintenance costs to operate the cameras. In the county’s case, it spent $8.8 million on administrative costs, about 50 percent of the total revenue the cameras generated in fiscal year 2014.

Montgomery currently designates more than 100 locations as “speed camera corridors,” although speed cameras aren’t always present at the locations at all times—many of the cameras are moveable. The cameras operate in school zones and residential areas where speed limits are 35 mph or less and $40 fines are issued to motorists captured driving more than 12 mph over the speed limit.

As of March 2015, the county has generated $12.4 million from the cameras in fiscal year 2015, according to the Montgomery County Police Department’s statistics. That fiscal year ended June 30, but the department hasn’t yet updated its website with the latest revenue totals.

Speed Camera Fiscal 2014 Revenue Totals – Office of the Comptroller

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