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Speed Camera Law: 5 New Rules You Need To Know in Maryland

Driver-friendly reforms expected to hold contractors and jurisdictions more accountable for errors and abuse.

An audit of Baltimore speed cameras found higher error rates than previously disclosed. Officials are urging checks of all such systems in the state. File|Patch
An audit of Baltimore speed cameras found higher error rates than previously disclosed. Officials are urging checks of all such systems in the state. File|Patch
New rules are on the books for speed cameras in Maryland as of Sunday, June 1.

Here's a few things you need to know about new driver-friendly speed camera reforms, according to the Dr. Gridlock blog at The Washington Post: 

  1. Citations using camera footage must be sworn to by law enforcement officers.
  2. Contractors running the cameras won't be paid based on the number of tickets issued. WTOP referred to this charge as a "bounty program," criticized for encouraging quantity over accuracy.
  3. New requirements in schools zones include a sign warning of a speed camera in proximity to the school zone sign.
  4. Jurisdictions using speed cameras must designate a 'sort of ombudsman,' according to the Post. This person will be able to void citations when an error is determined. 
  5. And, finally, these machines may be more accurate. The law requires that the machines be calibrated by an independent lab, according to NBC Washington. And the speed camera contractors will face fines for too many erroneous tickets.
Read more speed camera coverage at Patch:

Challenging Tickets From Speed Cameras in Maryland
Maryland Legislators Seek Speed Camera Reform
How Accurate Are Md. Speed Cameras?
A Brief History of Speed Camera Vandalism in Maryland
Maryland Counties See Millions in Speed Camera Revenue

Gary Elwards June 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Two suggestions. One: stop speeding and running red lights and you will have no need to complain. Two: to shut everybody up about the so-called "revenue raising", stop the fines and assess points to the vehicle owners' records. That will do more to get the idiot drivers off the roads.
Mary Ellen Cote June 06, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Gary, I am not speeding or running red lights. I am a law abiding citizen of many, many years. You will never get "idiot" drivers(as you call them) off the roads. The reason there are not fines, is because machines are faulty and this is a revenue maker - pure and simple. The government is not interested in fines. It doesn't want you off the road, it wants you on the road so that is can catch you speeding or running the light - hence - more money. There should be real consequences for breaking laws, but more serious offenses go unpunished or barely punished, while the revenue scam continues.
MoCoRes June 08, 2014 at 09:33 AM
If speed and red light cameras are revenue raisers, then I don't think they are a very sustainable one. People will figure out not to speed or run red lights (or in some cases avoid intersections with red light cameras) therefore reducing the fines (and revenue) generated by these things. They'll catch some people, but the majority of people will know about them and avoid the fines.
Mary Ellen Cote June 08, 2014 at 09:45 AM
That is ridiculous. Do some research into how much money these cameras generate. They are totally sustainable. You give the public way too much credit.
Gary Elwards July 01, 2014 at 06:49 PM
"New requirements in schools zones include a sign warning of a speed camera in proximity to the school zone sign." Shouldn't a speed limit sign be enough?

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