New Market Speed Cameras (copy)

The town of New Market will pay for Frederick Police Department officers to assist with monitoring speed camera violations near the town's schools.

The town of New Market will pay for Frederick Police Department officers to assist with monitoring speed camera violations near the town's schools.

The Frederick aldermen approved the arrangement with a 3-0 Thursday night. Alderman Ben MacShane was absent from the meeting, and Alderwoman Katie Nash abstained from the vote.

The agreement arranged through the Fraternal Order of Police will allow New Market to contract with FPD officers to provide overtime work reviewing citations for the town.

New Market adopted an ordinance in April to allow the town to use speed cameras.

Later that month, the town entered a contract with Verra Mobility, the vendor Frederick uses for its speed cameras.

In a late 2020 speed study, Verra Mobility showed a total of 7,938 in one location near the New Market schools over a three-week period.

The camera citations require sworn law enforcement officers to review them, and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, which patrols New Market, does regular speed patrols but not speed camera monitoring, New Market Mayor Winslow Burhans III told the mayor and aldermen at a workshop in December.

According to the terms of the agreement, New Market will pay Frederick $3 for each citation approved by an FPD officer.

Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak said she was uncomfortable with the agreement for several reasons, including any strain it would put on an already overworked city police department. She worried it could take resources away from city residents.

She also questioned whether the work would take up space in a police headquarters that's already crowded, at which point Burhans said New Market could make space for an officer at its town offices if that was necessary.

There shouldn't be an operational impact on FPD even if officers did have to travel to New Market, said Lt. Sean Carr, who heads the department's speed enforcement program.

After the vote, Alderman Derek Shackelford told Burhans he hopes Frederick gets no revenue if it means that people have stopped speeding through school zones.

Nash said she would abstain from the vote because much of the work on the proposal was done before she joined the board in December.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(16) comments

Boomer631B

So New Market should have done more research before they decided to go down this path of installing cameras without actually knowing what was required to complete the deal. At $3 a ticket goes to Frederick City that is about 10% of a normal ticket of $40 per violation. Not bad $$$ for the city if they are just reviewing the photograph to validate the plate number with the actual speed violation etc... and if they set a goal of 80% review of the total number of violations in a week... should be doable for a qualified officer to get done. Yes would not want County Sheriff Department doing this - they have enough to patrol in the county again this is something New Market should have considered before buying the system and having it installed.

Plumbum

I see so many deputies sitting across from the Sheetz on north 85, in that spot where who knows what they’re doing with theirselves. Just there messin around, while new market has a problem with speeders. This needs investigated.

Plumbum

As your next sheriff, I will place a strategic number of deputies throughout the new market / lake linganore area so that you mustn’t need cameras. Sad that Trumpkins has failed the new market area. Me and my deputies will be there for new market

C.D.Reid

"Me and my deputies will be there for new market"?

Why don't you concentrate on learning proper English instead of writing the rubbish you post here? It would be time better spent, and people might not laugh at you as much.

marinick1

[thumbup][thumbup] Quite correct, C.D.Reid, as usual. [smile]

C.D.Reid

Just when I think Plumbum can't get anymore ignorant with her stupid trolling, she proves me wrong. Like she did with her 2:06pm comment. The really sad thing is she thinks she's being "clever," and is proud of herself for the garbage she posts. Pitiful.

public-redux

Aren’t New Market kids nimble enough to jump out of the way?

chrisweatherly1

Does anyone here posting live in New Market?

If you did, you’d want this in place.

Plumbum

I’m sorry to hear this.

DickD

$3 for a review? How long does it take and what are they looking for? Most likely it is just looking at the photo and making sure the speed and license number is correct. Why do you need a police officer to do that?

Blueline

Something doesn't smell right here. It's beginning to resemble the Montgomery Co. camera process & all the problems & shady dealings that program had.

DickD

And still does!

bnick467

"According to the terms of the agreement, New Market will pay Frederick $3 for each citation approved by an FPD officer."

So the more the officers approve, the more money they make. Wonder how that will work out...

tmainsw

My thoughts exactly!

AOC

Bad move that should not be permitted.

Plumbum

Why so? What else are they supposed to do until I’m sworn in and can come to their rescue?

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