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City issued speed camera ticket

The owner of the vehicle was shocked when his car that was not moving received a speed ticket.

According to Baltimore City speed camera, the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone and citation is charging owner Daniel Doty $40 for the infraction.

However, the Mazda wasn’t speeding and it was not even moving.

Two photos printed used on the citation as evidence of speeding showed that the car was just standing at a red light but with its brake lights illuminated. Another three-second video clip also offered as evidence presented the car as motionless while traffic was flowing by on a cross street.

On April 24, the speed camera erringly ticketed Doty in the 1700 block of E. Cold Spring Lane, in Northeast Baltimore at the intersection of Hillen Road. This is the 7th city speed camera that he Baltimore Sun has shown to have given inaccurate citations as it issued erroneous speed readings.

The case of Doty was the first instance that non-moving vehicles was issued a citation.No explanation of the error was given out by the city officials.

Doty who is a lawyer and resident of Lauraville recounted that he and his wife were both shock upon receiving the citation as the images showed that the car was not moving. Challenging the ticket, he will be appearing before the District Court on Friday.

He said last Wednesday that it appears that someone was so obviously asleep at the switch as a situation such as this should never happen.

Xerox State and Local Solutions, the city’s speed camera contractor, explained that each potential citation goes through two layers of review to eliminate any deficiency, such as an illegible license plate.

After the process, a Baltimore police officer reviews the citation before approving it for issuance to the vehicle owner. The officer affirmed that the car was going at least 12 mph over the speed limit based on their inspection of the recorded images. The officer signed the citation for veracity.

The Sun inquired from the city officials why Doty’s ticket was issued. However, Transportation Department spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes made no explanation but said that the agency would have more to report on Friday as a task force meeting set up by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The task force intends to study the city’s entire speed and red light camera program. The city has installed at least 83 speed cameras and 81 red light cameras.

Regarding reviewing the signature on the citation of Dory’s ticket; police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi made no comment but stated that the department finds any error unacceptable. The department has said that a single officer can review up to 1,200 citations in a given day.

Xerox spokesman Chris Gilligan made no mention of Doty’s citation. He clarified in a statement that a system-wide audit of the Baltimore photo enforcement program is continuing to take place and it has implemented additional manual review of citations at all camera locations.

The recently published investigation made by the Sun is focusing on the city’s speed camera program, which has generated for the administration more than $48 million since it started three years ago. The investigation admitted that citations are inaccurate the reason why some judges routinely nullify tickets for a range of problems.

The Sun also showed that motorists are not able to verify the alleged speeds with the incomplete information found on tickets issued by Baltimore County, Howard County and the State Highway Administration.

Since the publication of the articles, several lawmakers have been calling for several changes in the state laws governing the way the city and other jurisdictions have been operating the speed camera programs. Gov. Martin O’Malley reported last Tuesday that state law has been in place which bars contractors from receiving their payment for every erroneous citation. This is the remedy adopted by Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and elsewhere.

O’Malley concluded that the law is not supposed to charge by volume that it should not be charging by volume. If any county is doing this, then they need to change their program.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally

Source: Baltimore Sun Com
(http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sun-investigates/bs-md-speed-camera-stopped-car-20121212,0,6559038.story)

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