Thurmont, MD city commissioners debated this week installing speed camera near schools

The town of Thurmont is considering adding a speed camera in its school zones, but lengthy debate ensued among the mayor and commissioners Tuesday on whether the initiative is more of a revenue generator than a safety effort.

Thurmont Police Chief Greg Eyler presented to the board Tuesday why the department would like to add a speed camera, explaining that the primary goal is to “make sure our streets are safe for our children, our citizens and visitors as well.”

Speed cameras can be placed only in a school zone or work zone, according to the State Highway Administration. School zones are a designated 1-half-mile radius around the school.

Thurmont has three schools within town limits, and the police department is looking to install one speed camera that can be moved to the three schools every few months.