Maryland Speed Cameras Underperform, Audit Finds | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Speed Cameras Underperform, Audit Finds

Play associated audio
Speed cameras in Maryland work zones are likely more accurate now that technology has improved.
Andrew Bossi: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/5353517749/
Speed cameras in Maryland work zones are likely more accurate now that technology has improved.

The reliability of Maryland's work zone speed camera program is being questioned after an audit of the State Highway Administration finds that citations were issued to less than half the drivers caught speeding.

The audit found that between Oct. 2009 and June 2010, only 44 percent of violators who were photographed got tickets. The rest were thrown out due to "reliability and readability issues.''

Fewer tickets of course translates into less revenue for the state. Transportation officials say Maryland brought in $850,000 less than previously estimated.

The State Highway Administration says it agrees with the findings, but says the technology has changed and the numbers have improved. There are currently 15 work zones in Maryland with speed cameras.

NPR

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.