Olney Speed Camera Damage Is Vandalism, Police Say

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA) - It's a crime -- but there are a lot of people cheering from the sidelines anyway.

On Tuesday we showed you a speed camera in Olney, Maryland that was knocked off itspedestal.

Today Montgomery County police said they are nearly certain that someone hit it with a vehicle on purpose. There are no suspects, even though a police substation sits little more than a block away.

The camera near the intersection of northbound Georgia Avenue and King William Drive was repaired and put back in service within a day.

WUSA9's Facebook page was flooded with comments expressing seething contempt of speed enforcement cameras, especially in Montgomery County which operates at least 115 of them.

"It needs to happen to every one of them," wrote one viewer "Stop the Greed in government."

"I don't know if someone did this or not," wrote another. "But if he/she gets caught I'd surely contribute to a defense fund."

"Camera Karma " was a post that sums it up.

Montgomery County police report at least 53 acts of vandalism on enforcement cameras between February and September of this year. The incidents ranged from spray painting to gunshots.

A county legislative report showed speed cameras result in 87% motorist compliance, a 28% drop in collisions, and a 39% reduction in injuries and deaths around enforcement camera zones.

In Montgomery County, the speed camera program collects about $13 million a year.


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