Safe Speed Program
Jurisdictions within Montgomery County were granted the authority to operate the cameras by the State of Maryland in 2006. The pilot program authorized the use of the cameras in residential areas and school zones with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less, and requires that money from speed camera fines be designated for public safety programs.
The goal of the Safe Speed Program is to reduce speeding on residential streets and streets near schools in an effort to prevent injuries and fatalities among pedestrians and motorists. The cameras are an additional tool available to police in speed enforcement. Officers will continue to enforce speed limits using other techniques such as hand-held radar or laser. For more information, contact the Chevy Chase Village Police Department Safe Speed Program at 866-818-3844 or by email.
- What are Speed Cameras?
Speed cameras are traffic enforcement devices that, when a vehicle traveling 12 or more miles per hour over the speed limit passes, a camera will automatically record a speeding violation. After a Village photo-analyst reviews the results, a citation may then be mailed to the owner of the vehicle as determined by the license plate.
- What are the fines for violation?
The fine for each violation is $40. No points will be assigned to a driving record for conviction.
- Where do I pay my fine?
Citations may be paid online, by mail or in person as noted on each violation notice. Details are included on each violation notice.
PAY BY WEB: Click here to pay online via credit card (VISA/MC)
PAY BY PHONE: Call 1-866-818-3844 and follow the automated prompts. Please have your ticket number and credit card information ready.
PAY BY MAIL: Check or money order should be made payable to Chevy Chase Village. Mail your payment and remittance stub to: P.O. Box 10579 Rockville, Maryland 20849. TO ENSURE PROPER CREDIT write the citation number and license plate number on your check or money order. Returned checks are subject to electronic redeposit for the face amount and a returned check fee of $35.00. DO NOT SEND CASH.
WALK-IN PAYMENTS: Pay in person at 4040 Blackburn Lane, Suite 200, Burtonsville, Maryland 20866 (Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm). Methods of payment accepted are cash, check, money order or credit card (VISA/MC)
- How may I contest my fine?
Citations can be contested in Maryland District Court. Details are included on each violation notice.
- Why is the Village using Speed Cameras?
Traffic safety is a high priority for Chevy Chase Village. The Village believes cameras are effective in reducing speeding on residential streets. Speeding is a significant public safety problem both in Montgomery County and around the state. In 2005, 214 people were killed in speeding-related crashes in Maryland, with at least 16 of those deaths occurring in Montgomery County. A recent poll conducted in Montgomery County by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 74 percent of respondents believe that speeding is a problem on residential streets and 59 percent favored the use of speed cameras.
- Where else will speed cameras be used?
Montgomery County and the municipalities of the Cities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park are developing speed camera enforcement programs as authorized under a 2006 Maryland law.
- How will the money from the fines be used?
Maryland law requires the Village to designate money from speed camera fines for public safety programs and improving pedestrian safety.
- How will I know if I'm in a speed camera zone?
“Photo enforced” signs under speed limit signs on the designated roads will alert drivers that speed cameras may be in use in that area. In addition, signs will be posted at the Village limits. The Village is also publicizing the locations of its cameras through its newsletter, Crier and its website at www.chevychasevillagemd.gov as well as the news media.
- Where do I call if I have a question about the speed camera program?
Contact the program’s customer service line at 1-866-818-3844.
- How do I transfer 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 or 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 (30) days after the mail date of the citation. Send your request in an envelope marked “Transfer of Liability” to: Chevy Chase Village, 4040 Blackburn Lane – Suite 200, Burtonsville, Maryland 20866
- How do I obtain a flag release (VR119) for my vehicle?
Once you have satisfied your citation(s) you may obtain a flag release by calling 1-866-818-3844 or by going to the customer service center located at 4040 Blackburn Lane, Suite 200, Burtonsville, Maryland 20866.
The Chevy Chase Village Police Department chooses streets for the Safe Speed program that meet the standards set by the State of Maryland. The following are locations of where Village Speed Cameras may be deployed:
- Northbound Connecticut Avenue at East Melrose Street (6100 block Connecticut Avenue). Speed limit 30 mph.
- Southbound Connecticut Avenue at Newlands Street (6200 block Connecticut Avenue). Speed limit 30 mph.
- Southbound Connecticut Avenue at Quincy Street. (6600 block Connecticut Avenue). Speed limit 30 mph.
- Southbound Connecticut Avenue at West Melrose Street (6000 block Connecticut Avenue). Speed limit 30 mph.
- Northbound Connecticut Avenue at East Kirke Street (5900 block Connecticut Avenue). Speed limit 30 mph.
- Northbound Connecticut Avenue between Oxford Street and Primrose Street (6400 block Connecticut Avenue). Speed limit 30 mph.
- Southbound Brookville Road at Quincy Street (6500 block Brookville Road). Speed limit 25 mph.
- Northbound Brookville Road at East Kirke Street (6000 block Brookville Road). Speed limit 25 mph.
- Unit block of Grafton Street. Speed limit 25 mph.
Concerns or Complaints
- Local Designee: Chief John M. Fitzgerald
- Program Administrator: Sergeant Eric Tiedemann
The local designee will review a citation generated by the Safe Speed Program if the person who received the citation requests review before the deadline for requesting a court date. The deadline to request a court date can be found by reading the back of the citation.