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I don’t mean to be dramatic, but “fiasco” does seem to be the right word for what happened with Baltimore’s speed cameras. They were meant to be an easy way for the city to regulate drivers (and earn a little extra money via fees), but instead they were often very wrong and very expensive. But there actually might be a silver lining to all this.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake set a goal for the $2.2 million revamp of Baltimore’s speed camera program: a “zero error” system. We should have known that was too much to hope for, but the errors that one of the new cameras is committing is almost too bush-league to be believed. It’s calculating infractions based on the wrong speed limit.
Despite it likely being an illegal arrangement, Maryland’s state and local governments have been paying speed camera operators by volume of citations. The state Senate could change that this week as they consider a bill that would even more expressly prohibit the practice. The bill would also require that the tickets be accompanied by enough information for drivers to “fact-check their citations.”
So, back in November, the Baltimore Sun exposed the numerous erroneous tickets that the city’s speed cameras were regularly issuing (including one ticket issued to a motionless car). Soon Baltimoreans of every class and creed were publicly denouncing them, and the city promised to replace the cameras with a new “zero-error” system.