• Dec 13, 2012


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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      • 2 Years Ago
      i got a ticket for turning right on a red. (in florida it's permitted unless signposted.) i had yield, and went through as the video shows, $158 and when i contested it. because it didn't say i couldn't turn right on red. what do you know a month later signs went up and no right on red now...i was told i didnt have a leg to stand on since there is NOW a sign when there wasn't one before....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why didn't he have a photo blocker plate cover over his tag ??
        superj
        • 2 Years Ago
        Because they are illegal, and he appears to be a law-abiding citizen who wasn't even speeding. Using a plate-blocking devide or frame or spray and getting caught would cost him a lot more than a $40 fine.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Integr8er,....I was thinking that a .22 rifle would work equally as well!
      • 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.
      lonjack4
      • 2 Years Ago
      typical democrats at work stealing our money to feul there incesant need to spend our hard earned money on total garbage.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lonjack4
        what is a feul?
          • 2 Years Ago
          Are you democrat? It seem all you dems do is spell check everyone's comments!!!!
        josdon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lonjack4
        The PUbies are in charge in florida and the cameras are rolling up the dough.
      no7mk1
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...according to cops and judges, everyone's a crook but them...be forewarned, it's going to get a lot worse...
      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.
      C.A. Prescott Sr
      • 2 Years Ago
      And this is why I am so against both red light camera's and speed Camera's The various goverment's that use them need to go back to the basic's and use a real law enforcement officer doing a real job using both his eye's and calibrated speedometer and with the use of video camera/GPS as back up. Does this invlove more law enforcement effort doing what they are supposed to do? Well yes but it is the only fair way to do things and promote better road safety. It has been proven that various state and local jurisductions have altered the timing on various traffic lights so that the caution/amber light timing has actually shortened in length so more get caught running a red light when in the past they would have safely made it through the interstection all in the name of making revenue.
      mnkydk
      • 2 Years Ago
      that really sucks that these stupid faulty cameras are wasting everyone's time.
      • 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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