The Maryland Department of Transportation is trying to improve the state’s safety record by using traffic cameras to help detect and stop deadly and serious crashes.
Maryland traffic camera operator Mark Wahlberg has been using the cameras since July.
Wahlburg’s cameras are able to identify the speed of vehicles and also detect and warn drivers about approaching oncoming vehicles and speeding vehicles.
The state traffic cameras are used to help prevent collisions in congested areas, and to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur in traffic accidents, said Brian Wachter, assistant director of the Maryland Department in a press release.
The state is already using the traffic cameras on a limited basis.
In July, the state announced it would deploy 6,000 cameras in the state.
Wachters said that number will increase to 20,000 by 2020.
Wahlberg said the cameras have been effective and have helped save lives in Maryland.
The Maryland State Police said that they’ve used the traffic camera program to identify more than 600 traffic fatalities in the last three years.
Marylands first traffic camera was installed in 2005.
It is currently operating in 13 states.
Marysors Transportation Department is working with local departments across the state to implement the program.
The program has been credited with saving lives and saving money in the region.