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Laurel Accused of Failing to Independently Certify Speed Cameras

The Maryland Driver's Alliance reports that the city initially relied on manufacturer Sensys to calibrate its own cameras.

The Maryland Driver's Alliance—a group "opposed the corrupting effect" of automated traffic enforcement—is accusing the City of Laurel of failing to have its speed cameras independently calibrated in keeping with the law, The Baltimore Sun reports.

In a March 17 blog post, the MDA charged that the city circumvented the requirement by allowing manufacturer Sensys to certify its own cameras rather than hiring a third party.

But city officials told the Sun that two independent firms, Radar Lab of Maryland and PB Electronics, have since taken over calibration responsibilities and argued that state law does not prohibit certification by the manufacturer.

Officials also noted that the cameras, which have been active since 2011, are helping to reduce accidents and citations in the city.

Read the full story from The Baltimore Sun.

Margaret Miller March 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM
And of course, make the City a fortune!
Concerned Citizen of Laurel March 30, 2013 at 07:11 PM
PLAIN AND SIMPLE MARGARET - DONT SPEED & the City gets NOTHING! The only people crying are those who get CAUGHT!
SBBMD March 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Innocent motorists do get speed camera tickets. It is a proven fact: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-12-14/news/bs-md-speed-camera-error-rate-20121214_1_camera-tickets-camera-contractor-xerox-state http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-12-12/news/bs-md-speed-camera-stopped-car-20121212_1_potential-citation-xerox-state-camera-ticket http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-11-18/news/bs-md-speed-cameras-mainbar-20121117_1_camera-contractor-camera-tickets-camera-program The fact that local governments and their contractors are shortcutting calibration requirements for their equipment is a legitimate concern even for motorists who have never gotten a ticket. Some of the erroneous tickets in Baltimore City were issued to trucks which were not speeding but which were accused of driving twice the speed limit. A professional driver could get fired over something like that. Motorists should demand that local governments meet both the letter and spirit of all applicable laws and standards regarding the use of speed cameras. These local governments believe in hanging cameras on every corner to fine motorists if they break the law: they are not entitled to break it themselves or to interpret the requirements of the law out of existance.
Shaka Zulu April 01, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Why don't we just jump ahead 20 years and just start putting a GPS in every car and every time you speed you get a ticket every where in the country, it is simple to do. Just like putting jammers in vehicles that would not allow people to text and drive simple to do, it will be coming soon enough, I would like to see the state do their job and make people carrry car insurance, MD is the worst in the country with uninsured motorist, be careful people 1 out of 7 people out there have no insurance, they have figured out the fine is cheaper than carrying insurance so they make one down payment to get tags, and never pay again on their policy, just like people are going to do under the new Obamadoesntcareact. WE are doomed as a nation!
Glen Jordan Spangler April 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
On our most recent of four $75 red light tickets (all of which were for not coming to a "complete and perceptible stop" when turning right on red from Cherry Lane onto Fourth Street) indicated that I was going 18 mph when both photos were taken, one second apart. Mathematically, my car should have gone 27 feet during that one second, but it went only about five feet. Magic.

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