Jones Falls Expressway Automated Speed Enforcement System to Launch on April 14th
Tuesday Apr 12th, 2022
A 90-day warning period will provide motorists time to modify driving behavior before citations are issued
BALTIMORE, MD (April 12, 2022) — The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) announced today that an automated speed enforcement system along the Jones Falls Expressway (JFX) will launch on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
In an effort to decrease accidents and improve safety, automated speed cameras have been installed along the Jones Falls Expressway within City limits. The section of the Jones Falls Expressway / I-83 located within city limits is owned and maintained by the City of Baltimore. The highway was constructed along the tight turns of the Jones Falls River, which resulted in winding curves and bridges that pose a risk to motorists when travelled at high speeds. Despite enforcement efforts, reckless driving, excessive speeding and vehicular accidents continue to occur along the expressway. Test cameras have recorded speeds as high as 173 miles per hour (mph) along the JFX.
In 2021, the Maryland General Assembly authorized the operation of two (2) automated speed cameras along the expressway. Several locations for enforcement have been identified and prepared along the JFX in areas where high incidents of speeding and vehicular crashes typically occur. The camera locations for the launch of the warning period are located in Northbound and Southbound directions where I-83 intersects W 41st Street.
Starting on Thursday, April 14, 2022, a 90-day warning period for speed citations will begin along the JFX. During this time, motorists that exceed the posted speed limit by 12 or more miles per hour will receive a warning by mail.
To alert motorists that automated speed enforcement will be occurring, warning signs have been posted along the expressway. Digital speed sentry signs have also been installed so that drivers will receive real-time feedback of their speeds and encourage compliance with posted speed limits.
After the 90-day warning period, violators who receive a speed citation must pay a $40 fine. Automated speed enforcement citations are considered civil violations, so no license points are assessed. In compliance with Maryland State law, automated speed camera revenues will be used to cover the operating costs of the JFX camera system, and remaining funds must be allocated to expressway maintenance, safety and capital improvements.
Additional information about the city’s Automated Traffic Violation Enforcement System can be found at https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/atvesprogram.