This follows action by the Frederick Board of Aldermen.
Frederick, Md (KM) A speed camera is coming to an area near St. John’s Regional Catholic School. The Board of Aldermen last Thursday agreed to designate an area along Christophers Crossing between Moran Drive and Crestone Drive as a school zone. That clears the way for the installation of a speed camera.
Lt. Sean Carr with the Frederick Police says the department has received a lot of complaints about speeding in that area, particularly during the times when students at St. John’s are arriving at school, and leaving for the day, or participating in extracurricular activities. He says a speed study was conducted. “The data showed increased percentage of violations during those hours, the morning and afternoon hours, during what we would consider before and after school hours,” he said.
The morning hours are considered between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM, and the afternoon hours are 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Now that the school zone designation has been determined, Lt. Carr says the next step is getting the camera installed. “Once an area gets designated as a school zone, the next step is the vendor makes contact with City Engineering to figure out an exact location, provide the appropriate diagrams that are required for the installation of a speed camera,” he says.
When asked if the speed camera could be in operation by the first day of classes for St. John’s, Lt. Carr said it would “very close.”
As part of their decision, the Aldermen agreed to remove the school zone designation for the Trinity School and the Visitation Academy. Both schools have closed.
By Kevin McManus