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You May Go Cross-Eyed Trying to Figure This One Out

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Okay. So, back in April 2013 the city secretly hired an independent firm, URS, to conduct an audit of its 2012 speed camera system, the results of which have just recently come to light via the Baltimore Sun. Those results show an error rate much higher than was publicly stated — over 10 percent. That’s theoretically 70,000 erroneous tickets — $2.8 million in erroneous fines.

Soon after the results of the audit were seen by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, back in April, the city’s speed camera system was taken offline despite now being run by a new company, a move which Rawlings-Blake’s spokesman says makes it “clear we did take it seriously.

To counter that claim, we have Rawlings-Blake herself saying yesterday that the document she received from URS showed that  “the company was not sufficiently qualified to do a complete review.” She found Xerox’s self-audit — which produced a much lower error rate — more trustworthy. (Just so you know, the city recently rehired the not sufficiently qualified URS for “additional independent monitoring services.”)

City to Hire Outside Company to Audit Speed Camera Citations

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According to the Baltimore Sun, the city now plans to hire the San Francisco-based company URS Corp. to oversee Baltimore’s upgraded school zone speed cameras. They’re going to do that through auditing. They’re going to audit tickets issued by the current operators (who are still being paid per citation, by the way). They’re even going to audit an old audit performed by Xerox last year.

City’s Speed Cameras Currently Out of Commission

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Despite promising to “[take] over the existing system, with no downtime,” the city’s new speed camera operators, Brekford Corp. of Hanover, do not yet have the software in place to run the 83 cameras around Baltimore. Consequently, according to the Baltimore Sun, no speed camera tickets have yet been issued in 2013. 

In Baltimore, We’re Tearin’ All Them Old Speed Cameras Down

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The 83 infuriating, error-prone, poorly-tested, questionably incentivized speed cameras stationed at school zones in Baltimore city have been taking it from all sides. Local media and politicians have done everything but run them out of town brandishing pitchforks. And now they’re being taken down. All of them.

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