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Senate OKs speed camera reform measure

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation to tighten the rules under which local governments can use cameras to enforce speed laws, adding new protections for drivers against wrongly issued tickets.

Similar legislation has passed the House. One of the chambers must pass the other's bill before it would go to Gov. Martin O'Malley for signature.

The law would bar localities from signing new contracts with vendors under which the companies get a "bounty" for each ticket issued. It also would set a formula under which governments could get out of contracts with companies with high error rates. And it would narrow the definition of a school zone in which speed cameras can be used and require localities to designate an official to hear appeals from motorists.

Michael Dresser

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