|Top = recipient's vehicle; Bottom = Citation Image|
drivers in Forest Heights were able to use image timestamps to demonstrate that speed measurements in error. Well with only 1s of precision, when the real interval is likely in the range of 0.2-0.3s but could in theory be anywhere from 0.01-0.99s, proving oneself innocent by a time-distance calculation would be impossible! It appears some camera contractors "learn from their mistakes" and are now rounding off the image timestamps to the point where such verification is impossible.
Having collected this information to challenge the ticket, he then proceeded to contact the city, who told him they would 'put in a dispute' and that he needn't even worry about requesting a hearing. No problem? But then, just to be on the safe side, two days later he called them back to check. The person answering his call said they had nothing in their system about any dispute and didn't even have a record he had called previously. It appears the mantra for dealing with Baltimore City is "Trust but Verify".
Baltimore's review of photo citations has come up as an issue before. Two days ago it was reported that the signature of a deceased Baltimore City Police Officer appeared on approximately 2000 red light camera citations after he passed away. In early 2010, Baltimore City issued 932 tickets in error after a camera was configured to the wrong speed limit.
StopBigBrotherMD.org has received other reports of similar citations issued to the incorrect vehicle. One business owner reported to us that she had received multiple speed and red light camera citations for a vehicle which had a plate number differing from one of her vehicles by one digit. Another driver wrote to us that they were assured by the city that their ticket would be taken care of without a hearing. She contacted the city department of collections and eventually received a response from Jacqueline McCullough, (Parking Fines Section, Bureau of Revenue Collections) dated Monday 10/18/2010 stating "A review of the systems indicated citation 82761347 was issued in error." Apparently it is up to members of the public to review camera citations for Baltimore City.