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Maryland Closer To Cracking Down On Bad Speed-Camera Tickets

Legislators want to prevent erroneous speed-camera tickets in Maryland.
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Legislators want to prevent erroneous speed-camera tickets in Maryland.

Lawmakers are now one step closer to cracking down on erroneous tickets issued by speed cameras in Maryland.

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a bill that would start fining the private operators of the cameras for improperly issued tickets. Opponents of the cameras have long argued drivers rarely fight erroneously issued tickets because it is costly and time-consuming to do so, and not holding the operators accountable for those tickets furthers the belief that the state and counties see the cameras strictly as a source of revenue.

Republican Mike Smiegiel of the Eastern Shore also argued that cameras in construction work zones should be shut off when workers aren't there, like at night or on weekends. "The reason we put this in is to save lives of the people who are in the work zones," Smiegiel said. "We're not saving their lives if they're not there working."

But delegates rejected that proposed change after bill sponsor Democrat James Malone of suburban Baltimore argued there are plenty of reasons people should still slow down in work zones without workers. "One of the major things we want to make sure that happens is that people slow down because of the lane changes in the work zone."

A final vote on the bill should come by the end of the week.

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