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It's looking like Christmas in Summer for Washington D.C. and Baltimore area motorists. Police are voiding millions of dollars in tickets issued from speeding cameras that weren't properly programmed.

Metro D.C. police has issued 7,000 speeding tickets adding up to more than $1.2 million since November from speed cameras in the Third Street tunnel in Northwest D.C. The posted speed limit in the tunnel, which is under construction, has been 40 mph but the posted speed limit in the issuance of citations was 45 mph. The way the municipal regulations are written, the tickets will likely be invalidated, according to The Washington Times.

D.C. brought in more than $55 million in automated enforcement fines last year, reported the Times, boosted by an increase of fines such as the ones levied from the Third Street Tunnel by 150 percent. In the first five months of the year, DC issued $40.3 million, putting it on pace to far out-perform last year's tally.

In nearby Baltimore, Md., the city just voided more than 3,000 speeding tickets that were incorrectly processed between December and April from a fixed speed camera on Wabash Avenue, one of 75 in the city. That camera nailed 3,145 drivers going 12 mph or more over the speed limit. The tickets that were issued incorrectly cited the drivers' locations because of faulty programming in the camera. With the wrong location cited, the tickets were invalidated.

Speed and red-light cameras are highly controversial. Most cities employ cameras provided by third party companies that supply them for free, but take a percentage of the ticket revenue. That gives those third party companies a profit incentive to program the cameras with police to capture the greatest amount of ticket revenue.

Cities beset with falling tax revenues, high unemployment or cut-off federal funding have been turning to cameras to generate more moving violation revenues. But concerned and fed-up citizens are challenging the cameras more and more to try and discover instances of mis-programmed cameras that could result in big refunds.

According to the National Motorists Association, the worst state in the country for handing out speeding tickets is Nevada, followed by Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Maryland – where more three thousand lucky drivers are getting refunds.


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      oaggbu555
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the fact that revenue is collected by these cameras from all of you! We, the grub people of Planet Earth , have for many years traveled under the surface of your streets in our secret caverns so as to not be seen. We have some spaces left and will allow you to travel as fast as you desire providing you pay us 3 bags each day of your Pepperidge Farms Goldfish. Sincerely, Emperor Ming, Planet Mongo Traffic Engineer for Earth Roadways.
        Bruce Broughton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oaggbu555
        I think you got ahold of a bad rat, or drank a little too much sewage. The lack of sun light has caused you to become mush minded..
      grstewartcpa
      • 3 Years Ago
      The city employees in DC is mad. The city employees have less money to steal for themselves.
      quintondall
      • 3 Years Ago
      So if a ticket from a hand held device quoted the wrong speed limit would that void the ticket as well (by the same logic). I doubt it. Also, I would rather have my picture proving it was me and my car taken from a stationary device. How do I know that when Mr traffic man pulls up behind me and pulls me over and says I was speeding that he was even pointing the device at me rather than the car that passed me? Also, was he steady, did he move? THAT is unfair. ALL equipment has to be callibrated, these as well, so callibration is not the issue. For a (night time) traffic light you can actually see your license plate, drivers face and the car as it goes over the line...can't argue with that. But drive up behind me at just telll me that I did it and I have to just accept because you wear a uniform with no evidence. No thanx, Cameras and technology are the way to go. Time to catch up with the rest of the world and stop hiding behind laws and ammendments and our rights. They do NOT contravene any ammendments and rights.
        Bruce Broughton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @quintondall
        You are so very wrong. Most of the cameras are not kept up, because the cities don't have the money or personal to do the job. The timing of the yellow lights are now set to a short cycle, to improve the money flow. And they cause people to jam on their breaks, causing accidents rather than preventing them. So, your statements are wrong. Southern California has put a stop to them. Northern California is about to. Most cities and counties are finding that they cost far more than they are worth. And, they do prevent you from confronting your accuser, with is in the Bill of Rights. Sorry that you don't understand the law.
      JD
      • 3 Years Ago
      They do have facial recognition so if you are a politician the ticket is automatically voted and all records eraced ! I am just saying ! ! !
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the big deal? Cities get to jack up more drivers and steal more money from them and Cops don't actually have to get out and do their jobs. That means more time in the donut shops. A win win situation if you ask me.
        sadiemae1214
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        If the cameras are doing all the work why don't they just fire some cops and save some money?
      uravagrant
      • 3 Years Ago
      These cameras are a 2 dimensional view of a 3 dimensional alleged violation.
      dt1064
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm tired of big brother already. If a cop can't catch you it shouldn't be up to a camera. Pretty soon "they" will have cameras watching your every move. I know in San Antonio the have about 70+ cameras in the downtown area to "watch" for illegal activity to send in the cops. Soon cameras will replace cops on the street.
        danceshorses
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dt1064
        Now they will be getting drones for police to spy on everyone, Diffference is drones can shoot to kill
          wfathertime
          • 3 Years Ago
          @danceshorses
          You better do a lot more reading on drones. Just what has the news had on it lately with there use in other countries. As far as the cameras go I could care less, just as lone as ever fedareal building has them also in ever area. We all make mistakes, but some odf us admit ours.
      John Rubano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check your city, but some cities have to HAND YOU your speeding ticket like if they pulled you over.
      user73493
      • 3 Years Ago
      β€œTo be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality." General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.” ― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
      tpm619
      • 3 Years Ago
      I SEE MORE AND MORE THAT THE FAITH AND RESPECT WE HAVE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS DECREASED AS THEY RAISE THE STANDARDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.....IF IT ISNT BROKE DONT FIX IT! 20 OR 30 YEARS AGO WE WERE HIRING PRETTY GOOD POLICE OFFICERS AND WE HAD FEWER LAWS,AND NOW WE HAVE FEWER QUALITY OFFICERS AND MORE LAWS. I SEE MORE AND MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BREAKING THERE OWN LAWS AND BEING ARRESTED,AND NEW LAWS ARE RIDICULOUS.........................................................
      jejozi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Robo cops are unconstitutional if you can't determine the driver.
        mentallag
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jejozi
        the best part is that they push burden of proof off on you. if you want to dispute the ticket in such a manner you have to provide them with the name of who was driving it. you can't just say "it wasn't me, and i don't know who it was.", unfortunately.
          dollibug
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mentallag
          The burden of PROOF for anything anywhere anytime is put on you.....NO ONE CARES that you did not have one thing to do with it.....you have to PROVE it.....
      bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      well here is the clicker to all this . if we have the cameras to fine us for speeding and red lights ? WHY THE HELL DO WE NEED SO MANY MORE COPS FOR . TIME FOR LAY OFFS . MONEY SAVED IS THE SAME AS MONEY MADE . CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING .
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