Friday, January 20, 2012

Baltimore City Speed Camera Issues Ticket To the Dead

WBFF reports that a Speed Camera in Baltimore City issued a citation to an Anne Arundel County man who passed away over 3 years previously.  (9/28/2012: The original story has been archived but can be seen here).

The citation was issued by a camera on Sinclair Lane in Baltimore to Michael Keith for traveling 43mph in a 30mph zone on November 25, 2011 and demanded a $40 payment.  Unfortunately Mr Keith was unable to pay the fine or contest the citation, having passed away in 2008.  The family of the deceased stated that neither the tag nor the pickup truck shown on the citation were ever owned by Michael.  The family was originally concerned about identity theft.  After police were contacted, they stated that the tag was in fact not even valid. "The fact that my son passed away in May of 2008 and something like this is surfacing in November of 2011... which it's really against his name.  It's not right. It's not something that should happen." stated the mother of the deceased.

The camera, owned by ACS State and Local Solutions (a division of Xerox Corporation) is located at one of approximately 142 sites published by the city of Baltimore.  Baltimore officials, like all jurisdictions using speed cameras, claim that all photo citations are carefully reviewed before being issued.

In February 2011, WBALTV reported that a police officer who had been deceased for months had 'signed' 2000 red light camera citations after his death.  Also in February 2011, StopBigBrotherMD reported on another instance where a Baltimore City camera cited the wrong vehicle, where the image was so dark the vehicle was barely visible.  In that instance it took the motorist 7 months to get the flag cleared from his registration at the MVA, eventually telling StopBigBrotherMD that he would seek to register his car in another state to avoid these types of problems in the future.  In April of 2010, WBFF news reported that a speed camera in the city of Baltimore had mistakenly issued over 900 citations when it was configured to the wrong speed limit.