If a new bill introduced by Montgomery County’s delegation is passed, Intercounty Connector (ICC) drivers may need to watch for new speed cameras being placed between the highway’s exits.
According to the bill, speed cameras would be placed in areas where there are a high number of accidents based on statistics from the Maryland Transportation Authority. Drivers would need to go at least 12 miles per hour over the speed limit to get a ticket.
Some people do not agree with this bill. Delegate Neil Parrott (R-District 2A, Washington County) thinks the ICC is designed for people to go 70 miles per hour.
“There is no problem right now on the road at all. It’s a solution in search of a problem,” he said in a phone call with MyMCM.
During the meeting about the proposed bill, Parrott said he was unaware of the speeding complaints Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Bill Kramer presented. One NextDoor contributor summed it up, “If you want to go speed, just go to the ICC. It’s the Autobahn of Montgomery County. Cars and trucks go over 75 miles an hour on a regular basis.”
In November, a pedestrian was struck and killed on the ICC in an early morning accident.
Instead, Parrott mentioned complaints about traffic sounds. When he followed up with the State Highway Administration, they told him sound was not an issue.
“We should be setting the speed limit appropriately and not trying to create more revenue and take money away from people when they’re just doing something that’s safe on the road,” Parrott said.
If passed, the bill is expected to go into effect July 1, 2022, and cameras are to be installed no later than October 2022.