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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Optotraffic
Cheverly officials say their speed-camera program has never issued an erroneous citation after acknowledging a camera provided by their former vendor made inaccurate readings and failed to photograph passing vehicles.
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Traditional law-enforcement duties are best performed by men, not machines. This is the case in Maryland, where speed cameras continue to pronounce the innocent guilty, regardless of mounting evidence that the measuring devices are faulty.
The Prince George's County town of Cheverly sent a letter in July to speed-camera vendor Optotraffic, informing the company that one of its cameras had caught a bicycle going 57 mph — just 26 mph off the world record for a flat surface.
Prince George's County activated its first county-run speed cameras Monday, launching a program that will expand to 72 locations in the next year and likely bring in millions of dollars.
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Prince George's County's new speed cameras will be provided by a company that has come under scrutiny this year about the accuracy of its devices, county officials said Tuesday.
Will Foreman has beaten the speed cameras. Five times and counting before three different judges, the Prince George's County business owner has used a computer and a calculation to cast reasonable doubt on the reliability of the soulless traffic enforcers.
Gov. Martin O'Malley last year signed legislation allowing Maryland localities to set up speed cameras in school zones because, he claimed, that would make the streets safer. Now that several of these municipal photo-enforcement systems are up and running, it's hard to argue with a straight face that they are anything other than a naked grab for cash.