Hamilton Council Urges Support for Speed Camera Bill

Nearly every Town Council meeting starts with a discussion from residents frustrated about traffic safety and speeding cars. Although few quick fixes have emerged to address the concerns, the Town Council is hoping for the success of a new state Senate bill.

Sen. John Bell (D-13) has proposed legislation that would expand authority to erect speed cameras to all towns without police departments. Currently, the state law permits photo speed monitoring devices in school crossing zones and highway work zones. Motorists caught speeding could be assessed civil penalties up to $100. 

The Town Council has previously tagged speed cameras as the best way to address residents’ concerns and has urged them to review and support Senate Bill 334, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation.

6 thoughts on “Hamilton Council Urges Support for Speed Camera Bill

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:34 pm
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    Anything that can be done to reduce the carnage on Loudoun County’s roadways — I’m all for. Pedestrians literally take their lives in their hands every time they step out the door. Speed cameras are one way to help make things safer. State lawmakers should be facilitating the process, not impeding it. Enough is enough!

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:41 pm
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    Cops stop speeding. Speed cameras fill government coffers. The most egregious abuse of speed cameras is that the records show that governments don’t pay the speeding tickets they receive. You see, government employees in government vehicles get caught speeding and the ticket goes to the vehicle owner which is the government itself and the government exempts itself. A local jurisdiction in Maryland had over $1M in unpaid speeding tickets. Until government takes responsibility for its own actions (not going to happen), then we need to reject speed cameras. They are one more instance where we see government’s “do as I say, not as I do” attitude. And we’ve had enough of that over the past 2 years.

  • 2022-01-18 at 4:42 pm
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    “Sen. John Bell (D-13) has proposed legislation that would expand authority to erect speed cameras to all towns without police departments.”

    Bazooka Johnny Bell never misses an opportunity to stick it to the little guy.

    Wonder how many shares of the speed camera scam industry are in his portfolio? He seems to own everything else.

  • 2022-01-18 at 5:03 pm
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    Just say no to speed cameras.
    They are designed to generate revenue for the camera operating companies. They will not change people’s driving behavior. Areas that have cameras, locals know where they are, slow down, then continue speeding. They will not slow traffic.

    It would be better just to park police cruisers in different locations. Sometimes occupied by officers, sometimes not. But traffic will slow.

  • 2022-01-18 at 5:45 pm
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    Speed cameras have been a boondoggle everywhere they have been used.

    I know there is a traffic speed monitor in Hamilton on my last several trips through town. If speeding is that common, the town knows when the worst offenders are blowing through town and LSCO can arrange aggressive monitoring and ticketing at those times. That will pay for itself in short order and dissuade future speeding.

    But I am glad to see that renowned Senator John Bell has found something other than LED lightbulbs to drive his legislative agenda.

  • 2022-01-19 at 8:59 am
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    This is just another revenuing scheme.
    Watch for money from Verra Mobility or another operator to flow into J Bell’s (D) campaign fund.
    Wonder if he’s holding any VRRM already.

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