Md. extends grace period to speeders

By Ashley Halsey III
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 2, 2009; 2:23 PM

More than 900 drivers have been issued warnings since Maryland began using a pair of automated speed cameras last month to police highway work zones, and it will be a least two more weeks before speeders will receive $40 fines.

"We are extending the warning phase because our goal isn't to catch speeders but to give citizens an opportunity to change dangerous driving behaviors before [we] begin issuing citations," said Neil J. Pedersen, State Highway Administration chief, in a statement Monday.

The two mobile cameras will be rotated among work zones across the state. Large signs warning that the cameras are in use are placed in advance of the work zones. So far, they have been used in three locations: Interstate 95 between Routes 198 and 212 (the ICC work zone) in Montgomery County; Interstate 695 at Charles Street in Baltimore County; and a work zone at I-95 near White Marsh.

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