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Laurel deploys decoy speed cameras to slow drivers

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There are two new speed cameras in Laurel, but they're not quite like the other six already in place.

"This looks just like the real deal except it doesn't have a camera inside," Spokesman Pete Piringer says.

Two decoy cameras have been set up, one in a school zone on Montgomery Street, and another outside a busy senior living apartment complex on Main Street.

The goal is simple.

"We just want this to be on their consciousness. Be aware of it, and slow down," Piringer says.

Residents of the Selbourne House Senior Apartments are big fans of the decoy outside their building.

"It's necessary,” Charles Clyburn says. “There are a lot of seniors trying to cross the street, and people just fly by here. Maybe this will make people slow down."

That's exactly what's happening in the areas around Laurel's six real speed cameras, especially at the busiest one--outside Laurel Senior High School on Cherry Lane.

"Our citations have dropped significantly, from over 96,000 in 2011 to about 30,000 in 2012. We would like to see them drop farther,"Piringer says.

While there's plenty of signage warning drivers about the cameras at Laurel High, right now, there's nothing to alert drivers about the two decoys--which doesn't sit well with some.

"To me, speed cameras are trickery,” Ben Lilly says. “How are people supposed to know about 'em?"

Piringer says the point is to get drivers to obey the speed limit, whether there's a camera around or not.

And once police see a change around the decoys, they can move them someplace else.

Pirniger says, "These are basically portable, we can move them from place to place.

Mike Harried says as far as he's concerned, the more cameras, the better.

"Whatever can slow motorists down, that’s a good thing,”Harried says.

Piringer says Laurel is teaming up with some of its law enforcement partners in the county, to improve signage in the near future,about the cameras and other safe maneuvers on the road.

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