In 2013, Baltimore officials paid $2.2 million to purchase a fleet of speed cameras. In October — after the speed camera system had been shut down amid accuracy concerns — city officials decided to sell many of the cameras back: for $32,000.
Over the objection of the city's comptroller, Baltimore officials on Wednesday voted to award contracts worth nearly $10 million to two companies that will relaunch the city's once-troubled speed and red light camera system.
Baltimore City Council member Rochelle "Rikki" Spector is calling on the Rawlings-Blake administration to use revenue from the planned revival of the city's speed and red light camera system for school crossing guards.
As dozens of Baltimore police officers equipped with body cameras under a two-month pilot program lined up in recent days to return the equipment to the department, some asked eagerly about getting the technology back.
More than 150 police officers in eastern, western and central Baltimore were equipped with body cameras on Monday — instructed to record their interactions with the public as a first step toward a department-wide rollout of the technology beginning next year.
The City Council on Monday released a sharply critical assessment of Baltimore's once-lucrative speed camera system, faulting the program's enormous size and lack of oversight. "Don't build a program if you can't operate it. That message was sent loudly and clearly throughout our investigation," said City Councilman James B. Kraft.
Managers from Baltimore's former speed camera vendor Xerox State & Local Solutions defended their actions Wednesday before a City Council committee investigating what went wrong with the city's system, which has been shut down for more than a year after issuing erroneous tickets.
Lobbyist Sean Malone on Friday objected to a Baltimore inspector general's report that alleged a former top mayoral aide attempted to steer a lucrative speed camera contract to a firm represented by Malone.
Baltimore's Inspector General on Thursday accused Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's former chief of staff of using inappropriately attempting to steer a lucrative speed camera contract to one of three firms bidding for the deal.
The speed camera company blasted in Baltimore for issuing tickets to people who weren't speeding is now facing criticism in Howard County, where it submitted a year's worth of inaccurate data about the program there.
This new devices, located in the 300 block and 1200 block of Montgomery Street, are speed camera boxes with a pole-mounted digital sign that displays the vehicle speed as drivers enter the coverage area. While the devices, which were deployed on March 17, intentionally closely resemble a speed camera box, they are not, for now, being utilized for enforcement or ticketing purposes, according to city officials.
Last March, Baltimore issued a speed camera ticket to a bus company after one of its yellow buses was clocked going 42 mph on Harford Road. But the city voided that $40 citation after concluding the vehicle¿s actual speed was just 26 mph ¿ below the 30 mph limit.
A City Council committee investigating a confidential audit of Baltimore's speed camera program on Monday delivered a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake seeking 31 batches of documents involving nearly all aspects of the once-lucrative program.
The Rawlings-Blake administration took a step Wednesday toward launching a new speed camera system as officials hired a consultant to assess up to 50 possible sites — over the objections of the City Council president who voted against the deal.
A Baltimore transportation official asked the agency's director if he'd been able to "tap into" email records of an employee suspected of leaking information to The Baltimore Sun about the city's troubled speed camera program, according to records obtained under the Public Information Act.
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.