What is this all about?
The State of Maryland authorized the use of speed monitoring systems (also called “speed cameras”) in school zones and highway work zones. These systems use technology to determine speed violations and thereafter to send the registered owner of the vehicle a citation. The City of Frederick passed local enabling legislation for the use of speed monitoring systems in school zones in November 2009. A school zone is defined as a one-half mile radius around a school. These systems will only be in operation Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

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1. What is this all about?
2. Why do we need speed monitoring systems?
3. Isn’t this just a mechanism to generate more money?
4. How does the system work?
5. How do you know I was driving the vehicle when it was speeding?
6. I have heard there is no way to fight these tickets. Is this true?
7. What happens to my license and insurance if I pay the ticket or I am found guilty in court?
8. What is the maximum fine?
9. Are these “speed traps?”