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A Brief History of Speed Camera Vandalism in Maryland

Takoma Park police say someone blacked-out the window on a speed camera. Such vandalism is nothing new in Maryland.

A vandal spray-painted the window over the lens of a speed camera in Perry Hall in May. Patch file photo.
A vandal spray-painted the window over the lens of a speed camera in Perry Hall in May. Patch file photo.

By Whitney Teal

Someone took an extreme measure to ensure at least one Takoma Park speed camera wouldn’t give out any more tickets. Police said they are searching for someone who sprayed black paint on the window of a camera in the 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue on Aug. 3.

Speed camera vandalism in Maryland is almost as old as the cameras themselves. The cameras began appearing as a pilot program in Montgomery County in March 2007 before moving to other parts of the state.

A brief history of speed camera vandalism in Maryland:

For even more speed camera vandalism, check out this cleverly titled Facebook group, “Speed Camera Hate.”

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