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Speeders Caught On Camera: Wicomico County To Crack Down

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SALISBURY, Md.-  The Sheriff's Office in Wicomico County is asking county officials to consider expanding its speed camera program to catch more motorists whom speed in school zones, deputies announced Tuesday.

Deputies in Wicomico County have been studying traffic in school zones for the last couple years, and found the hard-to-spot cameras have been effective. So, they're pushing to add more, which Joseph Taylor is not in favor of.

"Once they get your tag numbers in other words, then you get a bill in the mail and that's not right," said Joseph Taylor, of Salisbury. "I don't think it's right-- myself."

Bonnie Cunningham, of Salisbury, on the other hand, believes speeders would slow down if they're caught on camera.

"I don't see anything wrong with it," said Cunningham. "If it's going to help save lives, then sure that's fine."

If caught speeding, Taylor believes, you could find yourself coughing up "big bucks."

"I don't think a speed camera should be put up. It's like a slick move, in other words, to make sneaky money," said Taylor.

Drivers clocked at more than 12 miles per hour over the limit will be tagged for $40 fines. Some drivers like Taylor think it's a "cash cow."

The Sheriff's Office collected over $40,000 dollars last year, which was used for patrol car computers, the k-9 unit, and uniforms. And that's not the only concern. Computer glitches is the number one concern with a lot of drivers we spoke with.

Last November, an alarming number of violations came rolling in from a camera located near Pemberton Elementary School, in Salisbury, which caused the Sheriff's Office to question if the camera might have been malfunctioning.

The camera was checked and no obvious problems were discovered, but the Sheriff's Office refunded all citations issued by that camera to eliminate all doubt.

Every morning cameras are checked, and tickets are confirmed before dropped into the mail, according to the Sheriff's Office.

If the system is tested and does come up with a malfunction, all violations from the day prior are discarded.

For now, deputies are compiling research to present to the County Council for a pitch at more speed cameras within 90 days in time for the upcoming school year.

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