Maryland: Group accuses speed camera operators of lying about the law

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TheNewspaper.com

Courts and municipalities in Maryland mislead the public into snitching on family and friends over speed camera tickets

The Maryland Drivers Alliance says local governments have been lying about the law to boost speed camera cash through snitching. The advocacy group filed formal complaints last week against cities and counties that have been telling innocent motorists who receive a photo ticket that they must turn informant against wives, husbands, children or friends when a speed camera ticket arrives in the mail, even though the law says that is not the case.

The group filed a complaint with the newly created speed camera “ombudsman” for the city of Gaithersburg pointing out that the city’s website told motorists who were not driving at the time of the alleged violation that there is only one way to get out of the ticket.

“The law provides that the registered owner must provide a signed affidavit that states they were not operating the vehicle at the time of the violation and provide the name, address and, if possible, the driver’s license identification number of the person who was driving at the time of the violation,” the city website claimed. “The police have the discretion to then forward the citation notice to the person identified by the registered owner.”

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