ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — Speed cameras are popping up all over the D.C. area, but a Maryland lawmaker is hoping to pass legislation cracking down on the programs and giving motorists a fighting chance against the tickets.
Delegate Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) says the current fee-per-ticket programs are out to make a quick buck instead of prioritizing safety. He’s proposing a bill that would hold speed camera operators more accountable for their system that takes millions of dollars from state taxpayers.
Cardin’s bill would fine speed camera operators $1,000 for erroneous tickets, impose a 30-day notice period for new cameras, and use time stamped photos to give drivers the opportunity to contest the tickets in court.
“I believe that if speed camera operators are going to make millions of dollars on the backs of our citizens, they must be held responsible for the accuracy of their cameras,” Cardin said in a statement. “I am committed to making sure the program is fair to everyone and that citizens have complete confidence that the goal is safety over revenues.”
Drivers who are caught by speed cameras traveling more than 12 mph above the speed limit are issued a citation for $40. Jurisdictions, based on their local government’s contract with the speed camera operators, keep $20 to $30 of each of those fines.
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