A white Ford Escape is parked along the side of Chesterfield Avenue. While it may look like just any other vehicle, it has the speed camera inside of it. (Photo: WBOC)
CENTREVILLE, Md.– The town of Centreville's new automated speed enforcement camera program got up and running this month, in an effort to get drivers to pump the brakes while traveling through school zones.
The speed camera is located on Chesterfield Avenue, but is not easy to spot. A white Ford Escape is parked along the side of the road. While it may look like just any other vehicle, it has the speed camera inside of it.
Tim Walbert of Centreville said putting a camera inside the SUV was a good idea.
"I guess it's smart on the department's end for putting it out there," Walbert said.
The camera is now completely mobile, making it easy for police to move from location to location. Walbert said it does not worry him, because he always obeys the speed limit.
"As far as that I always follow the speed limit," he said.
Despite the signs warning drivers to slow down, Kelly Ashe of Centreville said a speed camera should not be hidden inside a car.
"You can usually tell if there is a speed trap or not and you know to slow down," Ashe said. "So I am sure a lot of people are going to be getting speed tickets now, because I wasn't aware of that until you just told me."
Demetrius Kilson of Centreville also has concerns about the camera's placement.
"To an extent it's kind of entrapment," he said. "Who is really going to look for it in a car? But it is right near a school. People are going 40 mph or 45 mph through town, [which is] a little dangerous.
Kilson said that while he does not really see the need to place a speed camera inside an SUV, one is needed along Chesterfield Avenue.
"There is a speeding problem," he said. "Anyone that is going out of town speeds through there and there is definitely a speeding problem."
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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