About Speed Cameras in Takoma Park
In March 2009 the City of Takoma Park implemented the Safe Speed Program. The program was approved by the City Council and approved locations were permitted through the Maryland State Highway Administration.
The fine for a speed camera citation is currently $40.00. Citations are issued if a vehicle is traveling 12 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. No points are issued to drivers licenses and speed camera fines do not impact auto insurance premiums.
Failure to pay a speed camera citation can result in a vehicle being flagged. Flagged vehicles may not be able to be registered.
New speed camera locations are given a 15 day notice period before citations are written.
Speed Camera Safety
Speed camera programs have lead to a dramatic reduction in the number of vehicular accidents in Takoma Park. Collisions on New Hampshire Avenue were reduced from 413 in the two years prior to the Safe Speed Program implementation to 11 in the year after the program was put in place.
Speed Camera Ombudsmen
The 2014 Speed Monitoring Systems Reform Act (House Bill 929) requires all governments with speed camera programs to designate an ombudsmen and program administrator.
The current ombudsmen and program administrator is Ms. Misha Rowe, Photo Enforcement Analyst:
Ms. Misha Rowe
Photo Enforcement Analyst
Email: SafeSpeed@takomaparkmd.gov or firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about the Safe Speed Program can be emailed to SafeSpeed@takomaparkmd.gov
How to Pay Speed Camera Citations
NOTE: Payments for speed camera citations are not accepted at the Takoma Park Community Center.
Speed camera citations are payable via phone, mail, walk-in or by mail. Returned checks are subject to a $35.00 fee.
Pay Speed Camera Citation:
Online: Pay Speed Camera Citation
You will need the 11 digit citation number or your license plate number.
Pay Speed Camera Citation by Mail or Walk-In
Checks and money orders should be payable to the City of Takoma Park. To pay a speed camera citation by mail send a check or money order to:
P.O. Box 10579
Rockville, MD 20894-0549
Walk-In Payment: Pay in person at Safe Speed 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Methods of payment accepted are cash, check, money or credit card (Visa & Mastercard). Safe Speed is located at:
4040 Blackburn Lane
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Requesting a Court Date
You may request to appear in District Court by sending the completed form at the lower section of the citation, at least five days prior to the “Due Date” shown on the front of the notice to:
P.O. Box 10579
Rockville, MD 20849
You will be notified by mail of the court date. If you do not receive a notice within 30 days, call 1-866-818-3844.
If you appear in Court, the maximum amount you will be charged is a $40.00 fine plus court costs.
Transfer of Liability
If you, as the registered owner, were not operating the vehicle at the time of the infraction and you choose to identify the person who was, you shall provide to the District Court a sworn to and affirmed statement and mail by certified mail. Your statement must indicate you swear and affirm that the person named in the citation was not operating the vehicle and include any corroborating evidence. All requests must be received no later than thirty days after the mail date of the citation. Send your request in an envelope marked “Transfer of Liability” to:
Safe Speed Program
C/O City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
If the person operating the vehicle admits to the violation and would like to pay for the citation, a Transfer of Liability does not need to be requested. Either the registered owner or operator can make the payment.
Locations of Speed Cameras in Takoma Park
Takoma Park currently has four fixed poles and five portable speed camera units. Portable speed camera units are moved between approved locations.
Locations of Speed Cameras in Takoma Park
|Carroll Avenue (MD 195)||7400||northbound||portable speed camera unit|
|East-West Highway (MD 410)||900||westbound||fixed pole|
|Ethan Allen Avenue (MD 410)||400||eastbound||fixed pole|
|Ethan Allen Avenue (MD 410)||500||westbound||fixed pole|
|New Hampshire Avenue||7100||northbound||portable speed camera unit|
|New Hampshire Avenue||7200||southbound||fixed pole|
|New Hampshire Avenue||7300||northbound||portable speed camera unit|
|New Hampshire Avenue||7400||southbound||portable speed camera unit|
|University Boulevard East (MD 193)||900||eastbound||portable speed camera unit|
Safe Speed Corridors
Safe Speed Corridors are stretches of roadway in Takoma Park that have been identified and approved for portable speed camera enforcement. Speed cameras in Safe Speed Corridors are mobile and can be placed in any authorized location. The goal of the Safe Speed Corridors program is to encourage drivers to drive safely along an entire stretch of a roadway.
Locations of Safe Speed Corridors in Takoma Park
|New Hampshire Avenue||6900-7600||northbound|
|New Hampshire Avenue||6900-7600||southbound|
|University Boulevard East (MD 193)||900-1300||eastbound|
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