Baltimore issued more than 16,000 speed camera tickets in less than two months this year before shutting the troubled program down over a programming error, according to figures posted by the city.
The numbers offer a detailed statistical look at the recent performance of the program targeted this year by state lawmakers.
Officials started issuing the $40 tickets for the first time this year on Feb. 20, the figures show.
But they announced on April 16 that they had again stopped citing drivers amid reports that one of the city's new cameras had been programmed with the wrong speed limit, resulting in hundreds of erroneous tickets.
The figures show that citations have been issued from 38 cameras this year — fewer than half the city's previous total of 83. City officials have said they were gradually rolling out new radar-equipped cameras after switching to a new vendor, Brekford Corp. of Anne Arundel County, on Jan. 1.
The total number of tickets this year is relatively modest for a program that since 2009 has generated more than 1.6 million citations and yielded more than $48 million in fines.
Still, by late March, the citywide system was generating more tickets some days than last year's average weekday total of 2,300. For example, 2,960 citations were issued March 29.
The camera that logged the most tickets — 2,342 — was aimed at northbound traffic on North Howard Street near John Street on the edge of Bolton Hill, the figures show. The camera on the southbound side of the street had the third-highest tally, with 1,310.
Other camera locations in the top five were Auchentoroly Terrace north of Gwynns Falls Parkway (1,817 tickets), North Hilton Parkway northbound near Monastery Avenue (1,215) and Windsor Mill Road westbound at Crimea Road (1,123).
All but one of the tickets this year were issued between Feb. 20 and April 2, a six-week period. The single outlier was dated April 14.
Officials haven't said when they will resume issuing tickets. A bumpy transition to Brekford from the previous contractor forced the city's speed and red-light camera program offline as the year began.
The Baltimore Sun documented erroneous speed readings last year from several cameras supplied by Xerox State and Local Solutions, including a ticket issued to a car stopped at a traffic light.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun