A Bethesda businessman has taken his fight against statewide speed cameras to the 'net -- and is not only getting hundreds of requests for e-mail alerts, but is also racking up members on his group's week-old Facebook page.
Daniel Zubairi, a former Republican congressional candidate, formed the group, Maryland for Responsible Enforcement, in an effort to overturn a new Maryland bill to expand the use of speed cameras statewide. Last Thursday, he learned his petition to let voters choose if the bill becomes law was incomplete; it had to be re-submitted before being approved.
The page has expanded to more than 1,200 anti-speed cam fans and more than 600 people have signed up for e-mail alerts on the petition. "It's been pretty viral in the week that we started this," Zubairi told The Washington Examiner.
It's still a long way off from the 53,000 signatures Zubairi needs by June 30 to make the petition ballot-worthy for 2010 -- and even further off from the "80,000+" petition signatures he asking for on MRE's Facebook page.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is expected to sign the bill approving statewide speed cameras in Maryland next month.