Baltimore County Picks EDS for Red-Light Camera Project

Baltimore County, Md., has picked Electronic Data Systems Corp. to provide a 40-camera system to catch drivers who run red lights in the county.

The county is the sixth Maryland jurisdiction to choose EDS for a red-light system. The latest system will be the most extensive in the state, which is attempting to make its highway intersections safer. The cost of the project will be covered completely by violators' fines and fees.

The project is in the pre-screening phase, with cameras scheduled to be operational by mid-October, an EDS spokesman said.

Once the cameras are up and running, videocassettes must be changed daily and then reviewed by a law enforcement official in order for a ticket to be issued. If there is any doubt on that official's part, a citation will not given. EDS does not issue any tickets, the spokesman said.

EDS' partner in the venture is Beverly, Mass.-based Traffipax Inc., which manufactures the camera systems for each intersection.

Howard and Montgomery counties, and the cities of Riverdale Park, Bel Air and Laurel, already have similar EDS systems.

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