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Md. County Paying Back $58K Worth of Speeding Tickets Due To Technicality

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A slew of people who received tickets after speeding past a roadside camera in Prince George’s county are going to get their money back, authorities say.

The camera in question was near the St. Ignatius Loyola School in the 2300 block of Brinkley Road in Fort Washington, but was removed after police realized earlier this month that an advertisement about the installation was never printed in the local newspaper.

It was a Channel 9 investigation that led to the department’s discovery of the mistake.

“Placing those advertisements is required by state law,” the department explains in a news release. “It appears that while the correct location and advertisement was initially sent to a newspaper for publication, the location was inadvertently removed from the final proof.”

The camera was first posted in November 2012 and issued tickets to 2,059 speeders before it was removed. Nearly 1,500 of the violations will be refunded and the rest will be voided. The refunds alone total more than $58,000.

The police department plans to re-advertise the entire list of camera locations in The Gazette within the next two weeks, but the information is also available on the county website.

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