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City issued speed camera ticket to motionless car

SternisheFan (2529412) writes | about a year and a half ago

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SternisheFan writes "The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone —and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction. But the Mazda wasn't speeding. It wasn't even moving. The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.
    Since the articles' publication, several lawmakers have called for changes to the state law that governs the way the city and other jurisdictions operate speed camera programs. Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that state law bars contractors from being paid based on the number of citations issued or paid —an approach used by Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and elsewhere. "The law says you're not supposed to charge by volume. I don't think we should charge by volume," O'Malley said. "If any county is, they need to change their program.""

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3 second clip? (1)

RandomFactor (22447) | about a year and a half ago | (#42286351)

How many people, hundreds? THOUSANDS?, have to be ticketed unjustly before one just happens to have access to, or manages to track down some (security camera?) footage of the scene that hasn't been overwritten?

Then the problem is written off as a one time or unique occurrance.

I can see why the British are into trashing the these cameras...

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