A bill that would have allowed speed-display signs on heavily traveled roads in Baltimore County was voted down tonight along party lines.
Councilman David Marks, whose district includes most of Towson, wanted to use some funds from the revenue generated by speed-camera tickets and use it to purchase two speed-display signs per council district. He said he was thinking of Stevenson Lane and Regester Avenue, in particular, when crafting the legislation.
Marks said Kevin Kamenetz’ office told him the signs would cost $20,000 each — less than 4 percent of the speed-camera funds, Marks said. Marks added that further investigation found signs that cost just $2,600 each.
Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said she was not convinced the signs are effective, and she worried that the signs would take money away from the fund to buy body cameras for police officers, though officials at the meeting said the signs would not affect the body-camera purchases.
The bill was rejected along party lines, with Marks, Wade Kach and Todd Crandell — the three Republicans on the council — voting in favor of it, and Bevins, Vicki Almond, Tom Quirk and Julian Jones voting against it.