• Jan 23, 2014
City officials still refuse to release full findings (F... City officials still refuse to release full findings (Flickr).
Baltimore's speed cameras over-charged motorists $2.8 million dollars in 2012, a secret audit conducted for the city found.

Data obtained by The Baltimore Sun showed inaccuracy rates 40 times higher than those claimed by city officials. Of the 700,000 tickets issued in 2012, 10 percent were errors and 26 percent were questionable. Before the audit, city officials repeatedly claimed the cameras' error rate was only two percent. Some cameras were issuing incorrect tickets nearly half of the time. One camera issued incorrect tickets 58 percent of the time. At $40 a pop, the city may be on the hook to pay back $2.8 million to unfairly ticketed motorists.

Baltimore's city officials are keeping the full report under wraps however, citing a a settlement agreement between the city and Xerox State and Local Solutions, the company that was contracted to run the cameras. The settlement did not go through the Board of Estimates or the city Comptroller.

"Who ever heard of a secret audit?" Councilman Carl Stokes told The Baltimore Sun. "We should have told the public immediately. We should have declared complete amnesty, that all of the tickets were null and void. If anybody paid, they should be paid back."

Officials quietly scrapped the speed camera program after receiving the audit last spring and tried to pay back some motorists. Baltimore's speed camera woes began in December when a camera tagged a motionless car as going 13 miles over the speed limit. In January of last year the cameras were replaced with newer, supposedly more accurate models.

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      • 11 Months Ago
      The good citizens of Baltimore, should at the next election ,kick any councilman and the mayor to the curb if they support the camera scam.
      russellmgm
      • 11 Months Ago
      CROOKS. Robbing the public. How come they can get away with robbery and no one else can?
      bbhuey4213
      • 11 Months Ago
      Have read more articles than I can recall pointing out the problems with these cameras: among other things, the timing on the light turning from yellow to red is often intentionally reduced to make it more lucrative for the municipality (which increases the accident rates)...if there was a *real* safety reason for the cameras I'd be all for them, but too often they are simply a money-making endeavor for the manufacturers and municipalities.
      Lisa
      • 11 Months Ago
      In California, if you refuse to admit who is driving the car you can get out of the ticket. Just keep saying that is not me!!! That is not me!!! They can't make you reveal the actual driver. These tickets get thrown out all the time unless the person admits that they were driving. The cops will try to trick you into admitting guilt or revealing who was driving. Don't fall for it. All the woman in my family look the same. There is no way you tell in who is driving in that little crappy photo.
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Red light cam are scientifically stacked against you. Being a commercial driver you are taught collision avoidance. You are taught that from of a hazard you have 3 seconds before you are able to hit the brake. 1.5 sec for perception and 1.5 sec for reaction. Keep in mind this is not total stopping distance cause we still haven't allowed for braking time. Here is where the trick lies. (At least in Yonkers, NY) The yellow light are programed to last only 2.5 sec until red and then the camera flashes. A full half a sec for you not to have enough time to react but long enough for them to record the incident along with your brake light @ around the 3 sec mark totally taking the stopping distance off the table. Enough to make you look guilty to anyone who is not away of the trick just used on you.
      Postalpal
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is just a spec of how inaccurate cameras, alcohol breathalizers and assorted other technologically "advanced" equipment is. Often the equipment isn't calibrated, calibrated incorrectly and/or the "evidence" collected is inadmisable in court, but people can't afford to fight bogus charges, miss work and all the BS that local/state/fed governments manufacture against citizens.
      • 11 Months Ago
      It all goes to politics and I don't think there is such a thing as a HONEST politican any more. That is from cities, counties all the way to the joke that is President
      anthony
      • 11 Months Ago
      Remind me not to go to Baltimore
      • 11 Months Ago
      <> Sounds like out and out robbery to me. It's about time the criminals who let this and things like this happen spend some time behind bars. I'll bet the SYSTEM gets fixed very quickly.
      jmg62
      • 11 Months Ago
      Well, no one ever claimed "Big Brother" was infallible. Start cuttin' checks and let the lawsuits fly! Insurance companies base premiums on these data. Didn't Baltimore think a Test Period - every so often before AND after installation - wasn't called for? Their OWN Audits? With all the monetary savings on patrols - all that new Cash Revenue Stream,...spent already isn't it? Never rains in Baltimore does it? Dopes
      Alan
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is precisely how local governments are going to make up for federal and state shortfalls in tax revenues. Until the people who don't drive but fly around in their 'copters and jets start paying more for the PRIVILEDGE of living in this country we are going to get shafted time after time after time after time by our local governments. WAKE UP. If the 2% want to cry and take their toys and leave the country, I say GOOD RIDDANCE and OTHERS will take their place as people always have. They don't scare me one iota.
      • 11 Months Ago
      and my opinion on the cameras, because I know everyone wants to know.... I would say they increase rear end traffic crashes as the driver notices the light and camera and slams on the brakes and the one behind them slams into them...can I get a grant form the govt to study that?? like about 5 million.... I mean they give grants to study why wild flowers grow wild.... have a nice day everyone, when you think its not that great for you, just look around, its probably better than you first thought!
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