AGENDA ITEM 12
April 20, 2010
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 7-10, Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Speed-Monitoring
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee:
President Floreen absent) approve the Bill as introduced.
Expedited Bill 7-10, Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Speed-monitoring systems, sponsored
by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on March 2,
2010. A public hearing was held on March 23 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and
Environment Committee worksession was held on AprilS.
Bill 7-10 would permit the County Executive, by Executive Order, to authorize the Police
Department to deploy new fixed and mobile speed monitoring systems on streets in residential
districts with a maximum posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour and in school zones.
The use of speed monitoring systems in Montgomery County was authorized by Chapter
15, Laws of Maryland 2006, codified at §21-809 of the Transportation Article of the Maryland
Code. This law permitted Montgomery County and municipalities within the County that have
police departments to operate speed monitoring systems on a highway in a residential district
with a maximum posted speed of 35 miles per hour and in established school zones. By Chapter
500 of the Laws of Maryland 2009, the General Assembly amended
Transportation Article by prohibiting the operation of a speed monitoring system "unless its use
is authorized by the governing body of the local jurisdiction by local law enacted after
reasonable notice and a public hearing." This new law applies to any speed monitoring system
the County activates after October 1, 2009.
There were 2 speakers at the March 23 public hearing. Both Lyle Schwartz, representing
the Chevy Chase West Neighborhood Association (©6-7), and Police Lt. James Humphries,
representing the Executive (©S-lO), supported the Bill. Mr. Schwartz testified that Chevy Chase
West Neighborhood Association has had a request pending with the Police Department to install
a new speed camera on Wisconsin A venue in Chevy Chase that cannot be acted upon without