7:30 AM EST, December 7, 2012
I am a person that seldom drives more than five miles per hour over the posted speed limit, whether it be on an interstate highway or a city street. In my 60-plus years of driving, I have received three speeding citations, averaging one every 20 years. This past May, I was mailed a speed camera ticket from Baltimore City for exceeding by more than 12 miles per hour the 25 mph speed limit on Gwynns Falls Parkway. I found this a little hard to believe. However, after recovering from the shock, I dutifully and promptly paid the $40 fine while also feeling that I had lost my virginity.
In a recent article ("Fast Money," Nov. 18), you included a "top 10 list" of citations generated by the speed cameras in Baltimore during the period of July, 2011 through June, 2012. The number one camera listed was the Gwynns Falls camera, the one that had nabbed me. That entry showed 57,457 citations over that period, more than twice the number given for the camera second on the list, the one on Caton Avenue. It seems a little difficult to believe that the traffic volume on Gwynns Falls is twice that of Caton, so is something else going on?
Another article, "Cameras have nailed some drivers more than 100 times," (Nov. 22), states that Benjamin Parker's pickup truck has been tagged 41 times in the Baltimore area over the past 3 years, many of these citations from the Gwynns Falls Parkway camera.
I'm wondering if this data and these incidents concerning this one camera are mere coincidences or if this camera is acting inaccurately. I'm anxiously awaiting the results of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's zero-error program.
George Stiegler, Ellicott City
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