Class Action Lawsuit Against MoCo Speed Camera Ticket Fees

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If you find yourself getting regularly ticketed as you go just a liiiittle too fast through Chevy Chase Village, you may be interested to know that there’s a class-action suit pending. The company that operates the cameras for the county earns a fee for every ticket issued, which sets up a financial incentive for the company to issue more tickets, and to therefore potentially fudge the camera’s calibration and sensitivity.  No one seems to be making any accusations of improper camera operation, but since some jurisdictions have been caught illegally shortening yellow lights to generate more revenue out of red light cameras, the existence of an additional financial incentive to increase the number of tickets issued seems like a conflict of interest.

Some of the Maryland jurisdictions in question are already moving to alter their contract with ACS State and Local Solutions to pay a flat fee for operation and maintenance of the cameras in order to avoid this problem in the future.

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