Legislative reforms are desperately needed to address issues with Maryland's speed camera programs in school zones, particularly in Baltimore city, where the problems have been so pervasive and so well-documented that the system has been suspended since April.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake offered a new reason Wednesday for why her administration never acted on the results of an audit that found a high error rate in tickets from Baltimore's speed camera system: The national engineering firm the city paid to do it was "not sufficiently qualified" to do a thorough report.
Driver advocacy group AAA Mid-Atlantic and some lawmakers urged local governments to conduct audits of their speed camera programs Thursday after learning that a secret audit last year of Baltimore's program documented far higher error rates than previously disclosed.
Though snow plows had started to clear its steep streets by Tuesday afternoon, historic Ellicott City was nearly deserted, and Len Berkowitz cut a lonely figure as he swept up powdery snow from the sidewalk in front of his business.
From now until New Year's Day, nearly 2 million Marylanders are expected to hit the road, catch flights and settle into train cars en route to holiday destinations, about the same number as made trips last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. But who is traveling and where they are headed is changing, officials say, along with America's evolving demographics.
Baltimore plans to pay its speed camera vendor $600,000 to end a troubled relationship that has left the city's once lucrative automated enforcement program offline since April and some members of the City Council questioning whether it's time to pull the plug altogether.
While the number of Marylanders traveling for Thanksgiving this year is expected to be slightly lower this year compared to last year, there will still be hundreds of thousands of people on the roads, rails and in the air.
More than a quarter of drivers reported "being so tired they had a difficult time keeping their eyes open" while recently behind the wheel, despite most considering the practice "somewhat or completely unacceptable," according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Six months after Baltimore pulled its speed and red light cameras offline because of mistakes, officials say the city's vendor still isn't ready to begin issuing tickets — and no one can say when the program will resume.
Baltimore County officials failed to ensure that 12 county speed cameras underwent a required calibration check this year, prompting officials to void more than 1,400 citations and take all dozen cameras out of service for more than a month.