FC: Maryland rejects radar-cameras for speeding tickets

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Fri Mar 22 2002 - 22:49:28 PST

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    From: Anonymous User <anonymousat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: Maryland rejects radar cameras
    Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 07:38:24 +0000 (UTC)
     From The Washington Times, available online at:
    Maryland rejects radar cameras
    By Brian DeBose
    March 20, 2002
    A Maryland Senate committee yesterday rejected a bill that would have
    allowed jurisdictions to use radar-enhanced cameras to photograph and
    ticket speeders, killing the issue in the General Assembly for this
    The bill - sponsored by state Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, Montgomery
    County Democrat - was rejected in a 5-4 vote of the Judicial
    Proceedings Committee. A similar bill was killed this month in a House
    State Sen. Walter M. Baker, Cecil County Democrat and committee
    chairman, had denounced the bill as a revenue-generating scheme by
    jurisdictions, calling it "nothing more than another tax."
    "That's what this bill is all about - raising money," Mr. Baker said.
    "Bills should be penal. They should not be tax-raising measures."
    The bill would have expanded police departments' use of
    traffic-enforcement cameras, which are operated by private vendors to
    automatically photograph and fine cars as they speed along streets or
    run red lights. Such camera programs have generated millions in revenue
    for jurisdictions around the country.
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