Another thing that should mollify skeptics: Howard's speed camera program is basically a break-even proposition. In fiscal 2012, given an initial warning period for motorists and some start-up costs, the county actually lost a little over $30,000 on its speed cameras. In the first half of fiscal 2013, it made about $60,000. Howard uses the same vendor Baltimore did initially — Xerox State and Local Solutions — and its contract also involves paying some per ticket fees, though the role Xerox plays a lesser role in the ticket issuance process than in the model Baltimore followed, and Howard officials insist it affords no possibility that the company could artificially boost its profits by letting questionable tickets through. Tellingly, the county issued nearly 26,000 citations in 2012, but only 39 people chose to challenge their tickets in court, and of those, judges found only three not guilty.