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Baltimore Co. Issues with speed Cameras

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Speed cameras were installed throughout Maryland in 2009 and the systems has collected for  Baltimore’s coffers more than $70 million in fines from area motorists.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is the champion of the speed camera legislation, through his spokesperson, declined to comment and referred questions to the State Highway Administration.

Baltimore County Del. James E. Malone Jr., a Democrat who is the present chair of the Motor Vehicles & Transportation subcommittee of the House Environmental Matters Committee, stated that his panel will analyze the possibility of revamping the entire speed camera bill in Annapolis next year. He said that the law has been misinterpreted on several issues.

State Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, is planning to hold a news conference on Monday where he will be discussing a legislated proposal to punish speed camera operators who give out erroneous tickets.

Cardin said in a news release that it is wrong to charge law-abiding citizens for a crime they did not commit, no matter how small the penalty; this is a violation of the public trust. Administrative agencies must improve their function of enforcing only fair and equitable laws without allowing bureaucracy to interfere in performing the right thing.

Cardin believes that Baltimore County and other jurisdictions must provide the same level of specificity on their tickets that the city does. It is their job to create a system that works and make people feel confident of the system.

The speed camera program of a State Highway Administration was under scrutiny in a state audit for its speed ticket does not show seconds as well. A spokeswoman of the agency defended its lack of specificity by the claim that it was not required to be more specific since the two photographs are only to indicate the time the violation happened. The two photos are only supposed to indicate the time the violation occurred.

Spokeswoman Lora Rakowski said that the speed ticket’s time stamp is provided for the purpose of determining the time the violation happened provide the time of the violation and that meets the criteria of the law.

State law does not specify the specificity of a time stamp must be, speed cameras assist only law enforcement officials in jurisdictions to verify tickets which are based on what were the recorded images. Its other requirement was that each automated camera ticket in Maryland must include a declaration stating that recorded images are evidence of a violation.

Xerox State & Local Solutions that is the speed camera vendor and the state maintained that their system wide error rate is very low, and promised to solve any problems connected with the city’s system. City’s deputy transportation director for operations Frank Murphy added that Xerox will be performing what he called a reasonableness test of speed camera tickets, employing the same distance/time calculation performed by The Sun.

However, critics of speed camera systems in Maryland are asking the veracity of any system that was unable to make that simple math check possible.

Steven A. Glazer, a federal administrative law judge who has written about Maryland’s cameras stated that tickets from cameras that those tickets without the tenth of a second should be dismissed. Since the burden of proof is on the camera, it should be reliable to provide these photos as evidences of every speeding, otherwise, they would not be proving anything.

Speed cameras were installed throughout Maryland in 2009 and the systems has collected for  Baltimore’s coffers more than $70 million in fines from area motorists.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is the champion of the speed camera legislation, through his spokesperson, declined to comment and referred questions to the State Highway Administration.

Baltimore County Del. James E. Malone Jr., a Democrat who is the present chair of the Motor Vehicles & Transportation subcommittee of the House Environmental Matters Committee, stated that his panel will analyze the possibility of revamping the entire speed camera bill in Annapolis next year. He said that the law has been misinterpreted on several issues.

State Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, is planning to hold a news conference on Monday where he will be discussing a legislated proposal to punish speed camera operators who give out erroneous tickets.

Cardin said in a news release that it is wrong to charge law-abiding citizens for a crime they did not commit, no matter how small the penalty; this is a violation of the public trust. Administrative agencies must improve their function of enforcing only fair and equitable laws without allowing bureaucracy to interfere in performing the right thing.

Cardin believes that Baltimore County and other jurisdictions must provide the same level of specificity on their tickets that the city does. It is their job to create a system that works and make people feel confident of the system.

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