Maryland set to end 'bounty system' for speed cameras

BALTIMORE - Beginning June 1, companies that operate speed cameras in Maryland will no longer by able to collect a commission for each ticket they issue to motorists.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the Speed Monitoring Systems Reform Act of 2014 will end the current system, which some describe as a "bounty system." Now, companies will not receive  a commission and must pay a fine to the jurisdictions if 5 percent of the citations issued by their machines are deemed to be invalid or fraudulent..

Also, AAA Mid-Atlantic said the new law requires that an ombudsman must be appointed in each jurisdiction to retract erroneously issued violations before they reach the suspected motorist. The law also bans jurisdictions from placing cameras in schools zones with speed limits less than 20 mph and demands that each camera is calibrated annually, according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic news release.

“The reforms contained in the new law are significant and will ideally provide relief to motorists who believe that their ticket was issued in error by allowing them to work with an ombudsman to resolve the issue without having to miss a day of work to fight an erroneous citation,” said Ragina Cooper-Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman.

For more information about AAA Mid-Atlantic’s role in resolving motorist’s discrepancies, please visit their website .

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