By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
12:18 AM EDT, October 23, 2013
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has paid an overdue speeding ticket issued by a District of Columbia speed camera after repeated delays drove the cost to $400, according to multiple media reports.
Gansler issued a statement Tuesday saying he had paid the ticket himself even though he says the identity of who was driving his state-issued vehicle at the time of the violation has not been determined.
The ticket was issued in June 2012 for going 21 to 25 mph over the speed limit, WBAL reported. The initial fine compounded to $400 with penalties for 16 months of delay.
The citation was one part of a controversy reported first by the Washington Post over what Maryland State Police troopers that the attorney general frequently issued orders to speed or otherwise drive unsafely. Gansler has denied those reports.
An account of the District of Columbia ticket -- and the delays in paying it -- was found in documents released by the state police. A trooper claimed in a email that Gansler was driving at the time of the violation, but Gansler said that was unclear.
"I have never received a speeding ticket in my state vehicle from a police officer in Maryland. Apparently, my office did receive a photo-camera ticket for my state vehicle from the District of Columbia. While determining who was driving the vehicle at that time, me or a trooper, the ticket was inadvertently not paid. Without me determining who was driving, I have paid the ticket," Gansler said in a statement reported by WBAL.
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