New Md. Law Gets Rid of Speed Camera Bounties

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    A new Maryland law goes into effect getting rid of the so-called “bounty system” for speed cameras. (Published Monday, Jun 2, 2014)

    A new Maryland law goes into effect getting rid of the so-called “bounty system” for speed cameras.

    Cities and counties can no longer pay speed camera vendors based on how many tickets their cameras issue to drivers.

    The contractors behind the cameras are also on the hook for fines issued unjustly. If there's an error on more than 5 percent of citations issued from a camera in a year, the contractor has to pay half the cost of loss revenue.

    In school zones, the speed limit must be at least 20 mph for a speed camera to go up in the area. And the school zone must be clearly marked with a warning.

    All cameras are now required to be calibrated by independent laboratories.

    The law also requires the Maryland Police Training Commission to report speed camera statistics annually, in addition to making the numbers public record.