Take Action

If you do not approve of speed cameras being used in Maryland, here are several things you, as a concerned citizen, can do:

1) Join Us
Sign up for our group online to receive updates and to support our efforts.  It's easy and it's free.
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You can also Like our Facebook page, where we post updates to important news.

Please also CONTACT US if you have tips, questions, or media inquiries.  We particularly wish to hear from anyone who has received an erroneous citation.



2) Contact your State Representatives and tell them that YOU WANT SPEED CAMERAS REPEALED


3) Speak Out
Silence implies consent.  Writing letters to the editor in you local papers, telling your own personal views and stories, is one way to get the message out to many other people.

35 states do not have speed cameras at all: opposing speed cameras is a perfectly reasonable, mainstream position.  In light of the gross abuses which have taken place in Maryland, 
responsible citizens have a right to oppose these devices in good conscience. 



4) Join The National Motorists Association
 The National Motorists Association (NMA) is the only nationwide organization dedicated to supporting motorist rights. 
http://www.motorists.org/
The NMA has assisted the Maryland Drivers Alliance's efforts in Maryland.   We recommend that motorists support other organizations which support us by joining the National Motorists Association, or make a donation to the NMA Foundation.  One of the best things you can do to protect your legal rights is to help strengthen the organizations which exist to defend them.

 
5) Dump Your AAA Membership
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend AAA as a motorist rights organization at this time.  Despite what you may have been led to believe, AAA is actually an insurance company which lobbies in favor of photo enforcement.  AAA has proven itself to be a "two faced" organization which presents one set of positions to the press and the public, and an entirely different one to state legislatures.

AAA opposed the repeal of speed cameras in 2013.  In 2010 AAA's Lon Anderson bragged to the Washington Post's Dr Gridlock how AAA promoted speed cameras in Maryland and red light cameras introduced in Virginia.  Years before Maryland got it's first speed cameras, AAA's Lon Anderson told the Gazette he supported legislation to get speed cameras in MarylandMaryland would likely not have statewide speed cameras today if AAA had chosen to oppose them rather than lobbying for speed cameras. 

More recently in other states like Indiana which do not currently have speed cameras, AAA has been lobbying in favor of introducing speed cameras.  AAA's mantra has been that they only support speed cameras "so long as they are done right", even in the face of example after example where they have been done WRONG.  If left unchecked, this position will eventually result in having speed cameras that are done wrong in every single state.

Sadly, we have been forced to conclude that AAA is an unreliable partner in our efforts to protect motorist rights and they cannot be trusted.  AAA makes money by selling insurance and tickets to Disney World, NOT by protecting your rights.  Posturing on motorist issues is just AAA's way of getting publicity they can use as a marketing ploy and as a bargaining chip they can trade away for other things.  The Maryland Drivers Alliance now recommends that motorists dump their AAA membership. We also believe it is important to spread the word regarding AAA's true actions on this issue to their members in other states where speed cameras do not yet exist because the people there have rejected them.

If you require roadside assistance services, you can obtain services comparable to those offered by AAA either through your own auto insurance company or from other organizations.  You can also save yourself money by dumping AAA; here is one of AAA's competitors (with whom we have no affiliation and no financial interest): http://www.autovantage.com/aaa-comparison.html


6) If you get a ticket, FIGHT IT
If you receive a speed camera citation, you have a right to request a court hearing.   

Challenging an unjust citation is your  civic duty.  
The truth is, fighting citations in court is difficult, time consuming, and almost everyone chooses to pay the $40 rather than spend a day in court. Plus the odds will be seriously stacked against you at District Court "Speed Camera Day" where they judge's purpose is to hand out assembly line "Guilty" verdicts NOT to provide due process or justice.  If the system was fair, we wouldn't have needed to create this website in the first placeHowever, there is NO PENALTY for requesting a hearing and then paying the fine later if you are unable to build a caseIf you pay the fine you have surrendered up front and handed a gift to the photo enforcement companies.   The Maryland High Court has stated that paying a citation is an admission of speeding.  Doing anything other than requesting a hearing is admitting guilt, waives any right you might have to dispute the alleged violation in the future, and frees the issuing jurisdiction of any obligation to prove the case against you.  

You should ALWAYS fight a ticket if you believe it was issued in error or the driver was really not speeding.  Being a 'submitizen' and paying an unjust citation does not make you a 'good citizen' because it rewards and/or corruption and will only make matters worse.  By asserting your rights and vigorously defending yourself, you are denying them the ability to profit from you... they will not profit from your ticket even if you lose.