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Are You Fed Up With Montgomery County Speed Cameras?

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 trying 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.

While cameras are located in a variety of areas, Montgomery County allowed their use in school zones and work areas three years before a statewide law was enacted.

In Montgomery County, speed cameras take a series of photgraphs to document vehicles traveling at or above 12 mph higher than the posted speed limit. The owner of a vahicle deemed to be in violation will recieve a $40 citation (but no points), as well as copies of the violation photos, and the noted speed of the vehicle.

Montgomery County laws do provide a method for drivers to appeal their citation in person at Maryland District Court. 

Joe Thomas December 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
An obvious political move. This guy is an idiot.
Jill Groce December 17, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Speed cameras don't know when you see you're going too fast and put on the brakes. We have roads where speed limit changes three times within less than a mile. Speed cameras make me drive white-knuckled. When a mom is late picking up her kid and scared of the extra cost, speed cameras are particularly ironic and regressive. But don't get me started.
Joe Galvagna December 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Speed cameras have nothing to do with safety they are just a way for venders making the cameras to make money as well as the county. I think they are an underhanded way to steal money from county residents. Oh yes you can go to court and fight the ticket and lose a days pay. The is what the county is counting on. Especially the cameras they hide behind something or a the bottom of hills.
Rich January 19, 2013 at 03:09 PM
speed cameras make you want to move out od this county. They are speed traps where limits go up and down just to extract $$$$$$$$$$$$
Rich January 19, 2013 at 03:11 PM
no Joe the political move is extracting millions of dollars from unsuspecting and trapped motorists. Seriously thinking of extracting my tax base from Montgomery County---which would include my business and firing 5 employees
Joe Simcox January 30, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Speed traps are speed traps. There's no dif if you have the old timey sheriff hiding behind a billboard or a camera? Don't mind in School zones or like but 4 lane highways?? Robin Ficker won a case in M.C. Dist Ct - Judge Moffett ruled where the camera was not w/in 300 feet of a residence it was not properly placed by State law. Suggest everyone file an appeal based on this ruling! Fight back citizens! Joe

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