• Dec 13th 2012 at 3:00PM
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Daniel Doty was given a ticket for $40 when a Baltimore, MD speed camera clocked his Mazda wagon going 38 mph in a 25 mph zone. The problem? The wagon was clearly not moving when the speed camera captured it.

Two photos that were issued with the ticket clearly showed Doty idling at a traffic light, his brake lights illuminated. A 3-second video clip also showed the car sitting motionless as traffic moved by on a cross street, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Doty said that it was "shockingly obvious" that his car was not moving and he can't understand how he could have possibly been issued a ticket. He has challenged the infraction and will appear in court on Friday.

This isn't the first time speed cameras have made mistakes. The Baltimore Sun recently published an investigation that found speed cameras to routinely make errors, causing judges to often throw out tickets, wasting time and resources.

Lawmakers have since begun calling for new rules to govern the use of the speed cameras, which have generated $48 million of revenue since they were introduced three years ago, according to the Sun.

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      javaman16d
      • 2 Years Ago
      As is the case with any A,I, :'garbage in>garbage out." , In this case the A.I. is the whole set up, the camera, the lights, and the sensors.Whoever programed this camera speed trap, did not tell the camera the difference between a moving or stopped vehicle. I wonder how many other drivers were burned by this speed trap.
        farberj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @javaman16d
        maybe the camera was moving in the opposite direction,then the camera should have gotten the ticket.
      STANG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sraight-up, plain and simple. If municipalities want to depend on "automated" enforcement (which cannot be legally cross-examined), add a "double-or-nothing" feature to the fine structure. If I have to take a day off of work, and the ticket stands, I owe the city $40. If I successfully defend myself, the city owes me $80 as double-punitive compensation. The city, in return, should be afforded a provision to charge-back these costs to the contraactor providing these services. A "live" police officer would have realized he was clocking the cross-traffic, and this driver would have been spared an inexcusable inconvenience...
      Swordfish
      • 2 Years Ago
      Orwellian country we are living in.
      pkellycpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't the providers of thecamera equipment be sued civily to recover erroneous tickets? How about some damage awards and court costs to force them to be more accurate?
      Sekinu2
      • 2 Years Ago
      I trhink if these cameras incorrectly ticket you and you have to deal with it and found innocent the fine should go to you from the city who installed the cameras. then maybe they would care.
      jlsntx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Redlight cameras are good for one reason, to show what really happens if a wreck occurs. Other than that, they could POSSIBLY give warning tickets, but to give actual tickets with fines issued is a situation ready for abuse by the cities which use them. Not only that, but in a town near here, where they have several of these repulsive devices, the people are so scared to get a ticket, the sometimes almost stop before a green light, just in case it turns yellow, then quickly to red.... which they do very quickly, so you get caught going through what ought to have been only a yellow.
        libby
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jlsntx
        I actuaky tae the time to stop at the end of the yellow light, because I can't afford a ticket and now I see even if I am stopped totally, I could still get ticketed. Unreal.
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jlsntx
        Short yellow sequences are a big scam with the red light cameras. An intersection that should have a 4.5 second yellow will often be shortened to 3 seconds to catch people who couldn't stop in time.
      • 2 Years Ago
      its time we stop bitchen and do something about it,we are supposed to control them not them us
      • 2 Years Ago
      we have these on almost every corner & half of them malfunction most of the time!
      torchlund
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is a wonderful thing WHEN IT WORKS CORRECTLY. Who are we paying to review these events. I figure a its ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER. Watch the movie RAINMAKER, in it the insurance company denies all claims within three days. It is sort of the same thing, of sending the ticket and the person will most likely not want to spend the time fighting it. It is no fun to watch a program called "SPEED and RED LIGHT TICKETS" rather than COPS or other reality programs with real police. Heard of a guy that got flashed by a RED light camera on the green. He slowed down went around the block and it happened again and again. Weeks later he got 5 tickets in the mail for not wearing his seat belt. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING.
      j4petty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pull up mad Baltimore cops and see other stupid crap that do, mostly to young kids with there skateboards.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @j4petty
        What does that have to do with this???
      ga7smi
      • 2 Years Ago
      speed lights are unconstitutional - something they use in socialist Europe
        jijjhnsn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ga7smi
        Put that in your next republican convention, we need our country back.
      rds7759
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought you were always supposed to be able front your accuser. Please tell me how you can cross examine a camera. Of course you can not do such a thing. Then I would believe I would want the court to show me the exact person who monitors that camera. I want proof that there is somebody that is real not some business, When did these businesses become law enforcement agents? The problem is a business is just that, businesses are formed to make a profit. Unfortunately it seems that our judicial system is turning into a business.
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