Baltimore City to pay $600k to end speed camera contract; $13-15 million in losses projected

Mayor says accuracy must be assured

BALTIMORE, Md. - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says there will be more belt-tightening in the wake of a move to suspend the use of speed cameras in the city.

The mayor said speed cameras would come back to the city when accuracy can be assured.

The mayor's words came at a city Board of Estimates meeting Wednesday morning where the request to terminate the agreement with the company that manages the camera system was approved.

The city will pay the Breckford Corporation $600,000 to end the contract, citing it was in the best interest of both parties to prevent a long, drawn-out legal battle. Breckford was awarded the contract with the City of Baltimore in 2012, following a laundry list of complaints involving the service of prior contractor Xerox State and Local Solutions.

The city expects a loss of $13-$15 million in projected income from the speed camera system.

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