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Nearly 1,500 Speed Camera Tickets Voided After Certification Mistake

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md.  (WJZ)– Baltimore County is forced to void nearly 1,500 speed camera tickets after a certification mistake.

Monique Griego has more on when the error happened and why the county didn’t alert the public.

The problem actually happened back in February and March, but the county maintains it had nothing to do with accuracy.

Speeding drivers catch a break after Baltimore County voids nearly 1,500 speed camera tickets. County leaders say it happened after the vendor, Xerox, missed a certification deadline related to camera calibration.

“As soon as the county learned of this lapse, we immediately and proactively ceased operation of the affected cameras,” said county spokesperson Ellen Kobler.

Kobler says in all, 12 fixed pole cameras were taken offline for four to five weeks, but the paperwork mistake happened back in February. While the county alerted drivers that received tickets, the public wasn’t notified. Kobler says that’s because there were no accuracy or public safety issues.

“Baltimore County does not operate every single camera every day and we absolutely do not publicize which cameras are active on any given day,” Kobler said.

In Baltimore City, accuracy has been an issue. The entire speed camera system is still shut down.

The problems have tainted some drivers.

“I do think they’re good for the county but I don’t necessarily trust them completely,” said Aliya Ahmad.

While no accuracy errors have been reported in Baltimore County, some drivers feel all issues should be made public.

“Let us know what’s going on. Don’t keep everybody in the dark,” said Larry Thompson.

All of the funds from the photo enforcement go toward public safety.

Because of the mistake, Xerox paid the county nearly $58,000 in compensation.

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