Motionless Driver Gets Ticketed For Speeding

Speeding tickets generate revenue for the city or county in which they’re issued. If the police department is low on revenue, they’ll set up a speed trap on a busy road and lie in wait for the non-violent speed violators. If the city is really desperate, they’ll invest in a speed camera system that will be distributed around the city and send citations to the registered owners of the alleged speeding vehicles. And if they’re still not happy with the money they’re making, they’ll start issuing speeding tickets to people who aren’t even speeding.

In Baltimore, Maryland, they’ve generated over $48 million in revenue in the past three years since they implemented their speed camera system. But from all the 1.7 million citations issued, there were bound to be some faulty tickets.

One Baltimore driver was parked at a red light, and the two photos on the speeding citation that he received in the mail clearly show his car not moving at all. He even saw the video of when the camera snapped the pictures, and his car was motionless. Yet he got a ticket for going 38mph in a 25mph zone.

The process isn’t completely automated, as police officers still have to monitor it and sign off on each ticket. The Baltimore Sun reported:

 “The city's speed camera contractor, Xerox State and Local Solutions, says each potential citation goes through two layers of review to weed out any that have a deficiency, such as an illegible license plate. Then a Baltimore police officer must review the citation before approving it for issuance to the vehicle owner. Each citation says 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.’ The officer's signature is also printed.”

 They must be really desperate to generate revenue to be issuing speeding tickets to motionless drivers. Whether it was simply an oversight or not, I wonder how many faulty tickets have been issued to drivers where the driver just pays the ticket without bothering to challenge it, not thinking that they could be so inaccurate.

One Maryland legislator, Delegate Jon Cardin, has a bill that would levy up to a $1,000 fine for issuing such erroneous citations. Said the Baltimore Sun:

“His proposal comes after The Baltimore Sun found inaccuracies with five of the city's 83 automated speed cameras and showed that there's no way to verify the alleged speeds printed on tickets issued by Baltimore County, Howard County and the State Highway Administration. ‘Over the last few weeks, the speed camera issue has really shaken all our confidence in what our government is here to do,’ Cardin told reporters at a news conference in downtown Baltimore. ‘Is government here to raise revenue, or is government here to keep our residents safe?’”

 They’re here to raise revenue. So here’s a better idea than fining someone $1,000 for bogus speeding tickets. How about they just scrap the entire speed camera system? It’s not just that they’re inaccurate sometimes. It’s that it’s a pure money-making venture that has nothing to do with improving public safety. If these cities and counties want to have more money, they should do what the rest of us do – cut spending and live on a tight budget. Not invent money-grabbing scams.


  • Greg137

    Seems more like.. "Hi, we're the city, and we are BORED, so let's just scam people and write bogus tickets.." Some Government officials need a lawsuit up the place where the sun don't shine...

  • WellNowDear

    Well, if this doesn't take the cake. Just look at it this way: I may be genetically predisposed to have sex with men but, that doesn't mean I have to have sex with men. It takes lots of effort to set the stage for having sex. At any stage in the game you can decide to go the other way. Just because someone is tempted by the same gender does not mean they have to go with it. Attractions don't have to last a lifetime. They can change. The problem is that many of the people in question just love to use the excuse that "they were born that way." That excuse has no end in sight.

  • Poodleguy

    Thankfully, Arizona has done away with the speed cameras on our Interstate hwys although there are still some red light cameras, I think, tho I may be in error there. I rec'd 2 of those damned speeding tickets thru the mail & just ignored them & after 120 days, they no longer existed! Instead of generating income, the state was losing money on the deal. The company providing the cameras were the only entity that made $$. Ah yes, the law of unforeseen consequences of law did rear it's ugly head & bite the Az treasury right in the butt!

  • Ben Dover

    Is it possible to beat these tickets? I got one in an Ohio city, and my lawyer said hardly anyone beats them. Help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/artgarin Arthur Garin

    agree 100%

  • Mudpuppy

    Thankfully, we don't have those things here, but the state next door does. REOs (Revenue Enhancement Officers) love those things. Safety vs. Liberty again. They love touting "safety" etc. when it is simply a money grab operation.

  • GRAMPZ

    BIG BROTHER ARRIVED BIG TIME WITH THE IMPLIMENTATION OF DIGITAL CAMERA TECHNOLIGY. ORWELL READ THE TEA LEAVES CORRECTLY. SADLY, WE ARE NOW CONSUMING THE FIRST BEER FROM THE GOVERNMENT REVENUE BREWERY. " WE AINT SEEN NUTTIN YET".

  • Noni77

    Its Maryland! A government FOR, BY, and OF CRIMINALS!!! There IS no MORE DESPICABLE State in the union!! EVERY LEVEL of government and police, etc., is RUN BY VERMIN!!!

  • Saltporkdoc

    Bodes ill for the new drone overwatching Amerika [sic] programs the Feds are running now!
    Sure helps me sleep better at night! Well...that and the two Rugers by my bedside!)

  • OBUMMER IS MENTALLY DERRANGED

    Follow the money/The love of money is the root of all evil

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    Yeah, what a fraud, strictly for ripping off the citizen, 98% of the time. And almost as inaccurate as a cop sitting on a side street perpendicular to the traffic and 'radaring' motorists going by. This is total BS, anyone with a rudimentary understanding of how radar works knows this is BS. Radar measures how fast an object moves towards or away from the unit. NOT GOING BY, across the path of the 'beam'.

  • mogul264

    Cut spending?!!! Those are deadly curse words to a Liberal! There are ever more programs to be done, and ever more people to throw money to (or AT, take your pick!) The bottom-less pockets of the public coffer can supply all that is needed, especially if they can siphon off a portion for a favorite program which didn't get approved through the jungle of delays and cutbacks imposed by those horrible, nasty, evil Conservatives!

  • aurora9

    There not just inventing money-making scams. They're committing fraud! The guilty should be incarcerated, fined generously and publicized throughout their city.

  • fort9erdon

    How about a bill that says "when the camera system makes it's third proveable error", it comes out, ..... never to be be replaced .........ever!

  • WilliamSpires

    That's what needs to be done, make a phony citation hit the ticket mill cops where it hurts and turn it around on them 1000 dollars at a pop for each illegitimate ticket. The vast majority of laws and regulations are always about money and not safety. That;s why police departments love cameras so much, it doesn't stop someone from running a red light and killiing a victim but at least they can get some money from the perpetrator.