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Speed Cameras Are Big Business As Students Head Back To School

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Bus stops in Prince George’s County will be bustling again Monday morning as students head back to school. As the children return, so too will the thousands of speeding tickets mailed out to violators caught on the automated speeding cameras in school zones.

The tickets are big business for the school system.

During the first month of classes last year 13,173 cars were snapped for exceeding the speed limit near campuses. Those tickets brought in $526,920 in revenue.

Meanwhile, Prince George’s County officials have invested in smaller, battery operated cameras with more mobility according to the Washington Examiner. Unlike their larger counterparts, the small cameras are easy to hide from approaching motorists.

Related: P.G. County hires interim superintendent just in time for new school year.

In nearby Frederick County, 40 school buses have been equipped with cameras to catch violators who illegally pass at bus stops.


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