The Baltimore Police force may be irresistible but it may have met the immovable object in lawyer Daniel Doty. Doty was a bit surprised when he received a $40 speed camera ticket for going 38 mph in a 25-mph zone. The problem is that Doty was not moving at all, as the picture clearly showed. The case highlights objections around country as cities increasingly rely on speed cameras for revenue and, reportedly, have been tolerating cameras with skewed pro-ticket settings.
Doty’s four-door Mazda wagon was shown idling at a red light in two pictures with his red brake lights on. A video shows the car motionless but the camera registering a speeding car on April 24 in Northeast Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun has done a series on at least seven camera found to be producing false readings.
The city’s speed camera contractor, Xerox State and Local Solutions, insists that there are two layers of review of every ticket in its company and then a Baltimore police officer reviews the citation before approving it for issuance to the vehicle owner. The officer swears or affirms that the car was going at least 12 mph over the speed limit “based on inspection of the recorded images.”
Obviously, these reviews are perfunctory and meaningless if this case is any measure.
The city has 83 speed cameras and 81 red light cameras.
Source: Baltimore Sun
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I think that we need a Red Light Camera in the Red Light District in all such districts in America. When the judge from Saint Louis comes out of the cathouse in that suburb of Vegas pulling up his britches we can then conclude that he was in there porkin some woman who was doin it for a profit. That makes him guilty of being a John and all that goes with it. Cameras are good when in the right hands. We still must abide by the hearsay of the dog rule though.
People might be a little more willing to accept a red light camera but few are going to tolerate a speed camera.
I would personally object to any speed camera that did not include video of every speeder along with auditory Doppler information and every piece of input that an officer would use in the course of operating a conventional dash mounted radar speed measuring device (Or Lidar).
I can tell you from experience that using a RADAR or LIDAR (Light / Laser system) requires more than just pointing the device at a vehicle and pushing the button to read the speed. There are many factors that have to be considered to arrive at a true reading. It does involve interpretation and method on behalf of the operator to determine this. The operator must be able to certify that there were no outside issues that masked the reading. A picture of a car with an image of the speed is NOT enough information to certify the reading.
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