Seven Courts Speed Camera Spray-Painted, Vandalized

The Perry Hall speed camera is one of at least five damaged in Baltimore County since 2010.

Police are investigating a vandalized on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall. 

Early Saturday morning, residents reported that black spray paint was covering the camera's lenses and a graffiti tag appeared on one side, according to Sgt. Bruce Aris, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

At this time, investigators do not believe the incident is connected to a near Loch Raven High School, reported early Friday morning, Aris said.

Community members the Seven Courts camera's . Speeding and reckless driving are widely regarded as along Seven Courts Drive. Ire over traffic conditions escalated after a while trying to cross the road in January.

Vandals have struck at least five Baltimore County speed cameras, which are only allowed within school zones.

The camera near Loch Raven High School on Cromwell Bridge Road has been in August and September. In April, a speed camera on Rolling Road in Catonsville , and in June, that same camera was .

During the first year of the camera program, between 2010 and 2011, a near Sparrows Point High School was spray-painted, and a near Padonia Elementary School had the protective cover over its lens cracked.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost has that the county's camera vendor, ACS, is responsible for repairing damage to the cameras.

Mike Fisher September 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The real problems with lack of courtesy surface when like five or six cars are going through that light on Belair (I said Joppa before, meant crossing Belair Road) and all going down Ebeneezer, it's even more important to use turn signals. The more information you give other drivers as to what you're doing, the better off things are especially in tight quarters like what sometimes happens in this area. I'm surprised there aren't any accidents there, but like I said, people seem to merge over a lot sooner now and if they don't, they put their right signal on and turn into the shopping center which are all good things.
Other Tim September 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Really find it hard to believe that at 8am on a weeekday (and a school day) that there were no pedestrians in the area. Maybe she was going too fast to see them.
Evets September 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Can't argue with any of that. Using turn signals is indeed a courtesy. I even signal turns when on my bike. It is just the right thing to do.
Dirt McGirt September 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Only it's not perfectly legal to project white light from the rear of a vehicle... Fail.
David Rader II September 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I've not tested the red light cameras before, but from what I've read the yellow light times are often shortened as a way of catching more revenue. There's a website dedicated to stopping this: http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/ ... I don't know much about the speed cameras, but I think they're good in construction zones considering the number of construction workers killed. The pain in the butt and slap in the face is where you see a construction zone for a year or more and little construction happening, but speed cameras regularly there. More camera action than road action it seems ... Coincidence? It's also pretty annoying when 9 out of 10 times the there's some guy getting paid in the mobile speed camera vehicles with his hat way over his eyes sleeping, texting or playing on a computer. Our tax dollars hard at work. I'm not saying I agree with what these vandals have done, but I'm just pointing out some really obvious reasons why they may. Like I said, I don't know of "intentional tricks" done to cheat people out of money for speed cameras, but apparently some people believe it to be happening in red light cameras.


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