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Will Prince George's County's Speed Cameras be Affected by Program Audit?

State Delegate Jon Cardin seeks to root out bogus citations.

A state delegate from Baltimore County says public confidence in speed cameras has deteriorated to the point that a state audit and possible reboot are needed.

Del. Jon Cardin said Monday he plans to sponsor a bill calling for an audit of state and local speed camera tickets with an eye on rooting out bogus citations.

"Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board," Cardin said.

The Baltimore County Democrat said he is in the process of drawing up a bill that would create an audit due to legislators by October 2013. Instances of bogus tickets issued to drivers would result in a $1,000 per incident penalty, though it is not clear if the jurisdiction or the speed camera vendor would be responsible for the fine, Cardin said.

"I'm not trying to put people out of business," Cardin said. "I'm concerned with try to create a system that is accurate and keeps people safe."

Cardin said he would like to see judges throw out tickets when it's not clear that the driver was speeding. He stopped short of saying he would include language in his bill that would freeze speed camera programs used by the state, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties.

Cardin's news conference came a day after the Baltimore Sun reported that some counties have no way for drivers or judges to determine if the car pictured was actually speeding.

In Prince George's County, speed cameras take  photgraphs to document vehicles traveling at or above twelve m.p.h. the posted speed limit. Once a police officer has reviewed the violation, the owner of a vehicle deemed to be in violation will recieve a $40 citation, as well as copies of the violation photos, and the noted speed of the vehicle.

Prince George's County allows drivers to appeal their citation in person in court.

Richard December 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Yes, the county program will be impacted if the audit's findings are enforced. The $40 tickets are low enough that, bogus or not, it is more expensive to fight them. Just go to court one day and see how many tickets are tossed by the judge. The county churns out these tickets to make money and get away with it. There is no oversight to the program so there is no reason to issue the ticket fairly and properly.

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