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Baltimore Reviewing Speeding Cameras After Police Affirm Ticket for Stationary Car

December 14, 2012 06:34:00 am

A "perfect storm of errors" caused the city of Baltimore to issue a speed camera citation to a stationary vehicle, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells the Baltimore Sun. He agreed that Officer Christopher Izquierdo should not have validated the citation, which alleged that a car was going 38 mph even though a video clip from the camera and two time-stamped photos given as evidence clearly show the car stopped at a red light.

State law requires every citation to be approved by a sworn law enforcement officer, and in the city that is the final step before a ticket is mailed out to the vehicle's owner. Earlier, the city's deputy transportation director said he no longer has full confidence in the accuracy of the city speed cameras' radar systems, prompting the city to start a new "reasonableness" test on two cameras known to have issued erroneous tickets. Guglielmi noted that a task force formed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been reviewing the city's network of red-light and speed cameras for several weeks. "This task force is designed to figure out how this happened, why this happened and how to fix it," he said.

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