Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baltimore Sun: Committee Looking At 10,000 Pages of Speed Camera Documents

The Baltimore Sun reports on a huge investigation taking place into Baltimore's former speed camera program:
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration has turned over more than 10,000 pages of documents to a City Council committee conducting a wide-ranging investigation into Baltimore's speed camera program. 
Councilman James B. Kraft, chairman of the committee, said he's received 10,000 to 12,000 pages of documents. He believes the mayor may turn over far more, he said.
In February, Kraft delivered a letter to Rawlings-Blake seeking 31 batches of documents involving nearly all aspects of the once-lucrative cameras, which have been offline since last spring. His letter sought documents pertaining to former speed camera contractors Xerox State & Local Solution and Brekford Corp., as well as consultants URS Corp. and Century Engineering. Among the 31 categories of documents sought are "all investigative reports" into the cameras' accuracy rates.
The council has authorized an investigation into circumstances behind a secret speed camera audit, which was commissioned by the administration and completed last April but never released. The study, a copy of which was obtained by The Baltimore Sun, found error rates in city speed cameras much higher than city officials have acknowledged 
 Baltimore Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. has also launched what he called a "comprehensive investigation" into the city's troubled speed camera program.