Baltimore voids thousands of incorrect speeding tickets

The city transportation department has voided more than 3,000 speeding tickets that were incorrectly processed, and in the next three weeks will issue refunds to the individuals who paid them, according to a department spokeswoman.

Between December and April, a fixed speed camera in the 4500 block of Wabash Avenue — one of 75 in the city — captured 3,145 drivers traveling 12 mph or more above the posted speed limit, said Adrienne Barnes, the department spokeswoman.

But the $40 citations that were subsequently sent to those drivers all listed the location where they were caught speeding as being in the 5400 block of Wabash Avenue, Barnes said.

Although the drivers were speeding, the error means the city will have to void the citations, Barnes said.

She did not know how many drivers had already paid the tickets, but said she doesn't think it was all 3,145.

The city will absorb 75 percent of the lost revenue, while the camera vendor, Xerox State and Local Solutions, will absorb 25 percent, Barnes said.

Barnes said errors occur with any automated system but are extremely rare in the city's speed camera program, and the problem has been fixed.

Letters have been sent to all drivers who received one of the citations, informing them that any payment they made on the citation will be refunded within three weeks.

"While we regret any inconvenience that this citation may have caused, we want to assure you that the City of Baltimore is working diligently to rectify this error," the letter reads. "In this case, you will not be responsible for the citation issued, but please be advised that speeding can result in personal injuries, monetary fines, loss of driving privileges, and the inability to register motor vehicles."

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