Special Sun investigation: Speed cameras

The latest in our speed cameras investigation

Baltimore plans to pay its speed camera vendor $600,000 to end a troubled relationship that has left the city's once-lucrative automated enforcement program offline since April, city officials said Monday.

City, Brekford differ on speed camera restart date

City, Brekford differ on speed camera restart date

Baltimore's speed and red-light camera contractor says it expects the city's dormant network of automated cameras to be "fully activated" by...

Mayor's task force recommends speed camera reforms

Mayor's task force recommends speed camera reforms

A task force studying Baltimore's troubled speed camera program will urge the city to increase oversight, change the way camera sites are...

Bill would force changes to city speed camera sites

Bill would force changes to city speed camera sites

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Police to double number of officers reviewing speed camera tickets

Police to double number of officers reviewing speed camera tickets

Baltimore police officials said Thursday the department is doubling to 25 the number of officers available to review speed camera tickets &#...

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Troubled transition shuts down city speed cameras

Troubled transition shuts down city speed cameras

Baltimore's speed and red light camera system has experienced a near-complete shutdown during what city officials are calling a...

Baltimore replacing entire speed camera system

Baltimore replacing entire speed camera system

Baltimore officials said Monday they are scrapping all 83 of the city's automated speed cameras and "methodically" replacing them with newer...

Batts pledges 'dramatic' reform of speed camera process

Batts pledges 'dramatic' reform of speed camera process

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Friday that his officers' rushed review of speed camera tickets has produced...

Speed camera analysis thwarted by driver privacy law

Speed camera analysis thwarted by driver privacy law

Here's a recipe for systematically fact-checking the accuracy of speed camera tickets, at least in Baltimore City where the time stamps on...

Residents who paid tickets want full audit of speed cameras

Residents who paid tickets want full audit of speed cameras

Matthias Manz isn't sure what to do. The Original Northwood resident's family received four speed camera tickets in the past three years and...

Some city speed cameras have 5% error rate, Xerox says

Some city speed cameras have 5% error rate, Xerox says

Baltimore's speed camera contractor disclosed Friday that several of the city's automated cameras have been wrongly ticketing roughly one of...

Speed camera violation case is dismissed

Speed camera violation case is dismissed

A Baltimore lawyer issued a speed camera ticket despite his vehicle being stationary missed his chance to argue his case when the city asked...

City issued speed camera ticket to motionless car

City issued speed camera ticket to motionless car

The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and...

Md. State Highway speed camera tickets spike overnight

Md. State Highway speed camera tickets spike overnight

More than 40 percent of all speed camera tickets issued to drivers in Maryland highway work zones have been doled out between 6 p.m. and 6...

O'Malley: Counties should stop paying speed camera contractors per citation

O'Malley: Counties should stop paying speed camera contractors per citation

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that state law bars speed camera contractors from being paid based on the number of citations issued or...

Lawmaker pitches $1,000 penalty for 'bogus' speed camera tickets

Lawmaker pitches $1,000 penalty for 'bogus' speed camera tickets

Speed camera companies and local governments would be penalized $1,000 for each "bogus" citation issued to motorists under proposed...

Counties skirt intent of state speed camera law

Counties skirt intent of state speed camera law

Federal Hill resident Sean O'Connor wants to fact-check the automated speed camera ticket that he got in Baltimore County. But he can't.

Tests fail to identify cause of speed camera errors

Tests fail to identify cause of speed camera errors

Baltimore City's automated traffic enforcement contractor carried out 189 vehicle test runs past a camera on West Cold Spring Lane but could...

2 more city speed cameras issuing erroneous tickets

2 more city speed cameras issuing erroneous tickets

The speed camera ticket that Baltimore City issued to John Slingluff last summer said he was speeding, yet the evidence says he was closer...

City official worried in July speed camera problems could 'get out of hands'

City official worried in July speed camera problems could 'get out of hands'

City transportation officials were so worried four months ago about inaccurate speeding tickets coming from an automated camera on Cold...

City official says speed-camera radar 'not 100% accurate'

City official says speed-camera radar 'not 100% accurate'

City officials said Friday that they no longer have complete confidence in the accuracy of their speed cameras' radar systems and have...

New scrutiny for city speed camera

New scrutiny for city speed camera

City transportation officials said Thursday they are investigating a second speed camera on West Cold Spring Lane in North Baltimore after...

Audit criticizes state highway speed camera program

Audit criticizes state highway speed camera program

Maryland's legislative auditors criticized the State Highway Administration for inadequate monitoring of its speed camera program in an...

Maryland speed camera investigation brings delays, detours

Maryland speed camera investigation brings delays, detours

Rawlings-Blake wants zero speed camera errors

Rawlings-Blake wants zero speed camera errors

As criticism of Baltimore's speed camera system mounted for a second day Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she would not...


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Baltimore Sun staff writers Scott Calvert and Luke Broadwater spent more than six months investigating the proliferation of speed cameras in the region. They obtained detailed citation data from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the State Highway Administration, which oversees the state's highway work zones.

The public records requests yielded data on more than 2 million government-issued citations, including the date, location, tag number and recorded speed for each. The Sun could then, for example, track trends at certain locations and document multiple ticket recipients.